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Hamilton returns to victory in Hungary GP despite threat from Lotus duo

By PetrolHead on 31 Jul 2012

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Hamilton got off with a perfect start and led the majority of the Hungarian Grand Prix, though subsequently found himself fighting till the finish with a two-stop strategy and defending his position from Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen later in the closing stages.

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Hamilton held off the Lotus duo and won the race by just one second from Raikkonen with team mate Grosjean completing the podium.

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Raikkonen had been sixth in the opening stint, who then jumped Fernando Alonso in the first stops. His strong stint on a long due soft tyres in his second stint allowed him to leap from fifth to second, nearly colliding with team-mate Grosjean as he emerged from his third and final stop. Grosjean held his third placing ahead of Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull, who retained his spot after a third stop.

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Hamilton’s teammate could have seen a podium finish if not for the team’s call to switch Jenson Button a two to a three stop strategy plummeting him to sixth place.

Schumacher turned off his engine at the start of the Hungarian GP after an aborted start, with yellow lights flashing as cars were kept waiting on the grid. The FIA later confirmed the start of the Hungarian GP was aborted because Schumacher stopped outside his designated grid spot.

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Schumacher eventually started from the pit lane and the German's race didn’t fare better subsequently with a puncture, a penalty for speeding in the pitlane and eventually a retirement due to a telemetry problem. While Ferrari struggled for pace, a composed Fernando Alonso finished fourth with the other Ferrari piloted by Felipe Massa finishing ninth.

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Alonso extends his lead at the top of the drivers’ championships with 164 points over Red Bull’s Mark Webber at 124 points. Hamilton’s win brings him to fourth with 117 points, 47 points away from Alonso.

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Chatting to his father Anthony just before the Hungarian Grand Prix, Hamilton claimed he needed to win the remaining 10 races for a second drivers' title. If he can replicate his performance this weekend again in September, when Formula One returns from its summer break, I do not see why Hamilton can’t clinch his second championship.

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