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.
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.
|1||L. Hamilton||McLaren Mercedes||18.104.22.1686|
|3||M. Webber||Red Bull Renault||+16.886|
|4||N. Rosberg||Williams Toyota||+26.967|
|5||H. Kovalainen||McLaren Mercedes||+34.392|
|7||J. Button||Brawn Mercedes||+55.088|
|9||K. Nakajima||Williams Toyota||+1.08.774|
|10||R. Barrichello||Brawn Mercedes||+1.09.256|
|11||N. Heidfeld||BMW Sauber||+1.10.612|
|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
|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|
This entry was posted on July 26, 2009 by f1fanatics. It was filed under 2009 Race Weekends, BMW Sauber, Brawn GP, F1 News, Ferrari, Force India, McLaren, Red Bull Racing, Renault, Scuderia Toro Rosso, Toyota, Williams and was tagged with 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix, Felipe Massa, Hamilton Win 2009, Hungarian Grand Prix, Hungary GP Review, Jaime Alguersuari, Jenson Button, Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber, Nico Rosberg.