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Hungarian GP 2009: Hamilton Takes First Win Of Season

The reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton has taken his first win of the season in a tables turned Grand Prix in Hungary.

Race Review

Fernando Alonso led from the start, having a good getaway from pole position and pulling away from the pack on his light fuel load which would see him pit on lap 12.

Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton had good getaway’s with their KERS enabled cars, squeezing 4 cars abreast the main straight.  Sebastian Vettel was one of the drivers swallowed up by the fatser cars.  Raikkonen forced Hamilton into Vettel as the cars squeezed into turn 1.  There was a lot of positional swapping, but Hamilton made a move around the outside of Mark Webber stick for 2nd place.

During this move, Webber came towards Raikkonen who lost the backend of the Ferrari sliding into Vettel causing damage to the Red Bull car which later led to the German’s retirement although both would continue.  Raikkonen is under investigation for the incident.

Alonso pitted on lap 12, and there was a problem – his wheel mechanic on the front right failed to secure the over aerodynamic rim.  As such the wheel cover came lose, spun around and pulled the nut out of the centre of the tyre causing it to fly off half way around the lap.  Alonso crawled back to the pits with 3 wheels, did another lap but it was clear that there was some terminal damage to the Renault.

Hamilton then dominated the rest of the race, failing to lose his position at the front.  When Raikkonen and Webber pitted, a problem for the Red Bull crew mated to pulling Webber out into the path of Kimi allowed the Ferrari driver in front, into 2nd position.  It looked as though the Finn might catch Hamilton in the McLaren but it never came to fruition and Webber stuck in for 3 place too.

With Nico Rosberg making 4th place, and a valiant effort from Kazuki Nakajima the Williams team showed improvements too.  Unlike Brawn, Barrichello ended up in 18th position off the start, and Jenson Button never really looked like troubling the top guys with an oversteering Brawn he kept continually complaining about.  It doesn’t seem like the monster car that took him to the top of the points table.  His only salvation would be that Vettel retired half way through the race with a suspension problem.

Jaime Alguersuari completed an uneventful first GP, just cruising around out of trouble managing though to beat his team mate Sebastien Buemi who spun late on into the race.

Results

Pos Driver Team Time
1 L. Hamilton McLaren Mercedes 1.38.23.876
2 K. Raikkonen Ferrari +11.529
3 M. Webber Red Bull Renault +16.886
4 N. Rosberg Williams Toyota +26.967
5 H. Kovalainen McLaren Mercedes +34.392
6 T. Glock Toyota +35.237
7 J. Button Brawn Mercedes +55.088
8 J. Trulli Toyota +1.08.172
9 K. Nakajima Williams Toyota +1.08.774
10 R. Barrichello Brawn Mercedes +1.09.256
11 N. Heidfeld BMW Sauber +1.10.612
12 N. Piquet Renault +1.11.512
13 R. Kubica BMW Sauber +1.14.046
14 G. Fisichella Force India Merc +1 lap
15 J. Alguersuari Toro Rosso Ferrari +1 lap
16 S. Buemi Toro Rosso Ferrari +1 lap

Fastest Lap: M Webber, Red Bull – 1.21.931

Retirements

Driver Team Lap Reason
S. Vettel Red Bull Renault 30 Suspension
F. Alonso Renault 16 Tyre Failure
A. Sutil Force India Merc 2 Water Pressure
F. Massa Ferrari DNS QLF Accident

LH

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