Hamilton beats Raikkonen to victory in Hungary 05 Aug 2007
McLarens Lewis Hamilton took a dramatic revenge on team mate Fernando Alonso at the Hungaroring on Sunday afternoon, leading throughout the Hungarian Grand Prix to extend his world championship points lead to seven over the Spaniard, who could do no better than fourth place.
Hamilton jumped into the lead at the start, but soon came intense pressure from Kimi Raikkonen as the Ferrari indeed proved a lot better in race trim than it had in qualifying.
Raikkonen easily got the drop on front-row starter Nick Heidfeld in the BMW Sauber, but couldnt quite muster the pace to challenge Hamilton, even though in traffic at times the gap between them was no more than half a second. The final laps were gripping as they duelled, while some 40 seconds back, Heidfeld was challenged by Alonso but similarly had little trouble keeping the McLaren driver at bay to score the second podium of BMW Saubers season.
Fifth place fell to Heidfelds team mate Robert Kubica, who made a great start and enjoyed excellent pit work from his team, while Ralf Schumacher hung in there for sixth for Toyota ahead of Nico Rosberg in the Williams. Like Heidfeld, Rosberg made three stops, the third dropping him back from fifth place.
The final point went to Heikki Kovalainen after a feisty race for Renault, from Red Bulls Mark Webber. Toyotas Jarno Trulli was a lapped 10th ahead of David Coulthard in the second Red Bull, while 12th was the subject of an intense fight between Renaults Giancarlo Fisichella, Ferraris Felipe Massa and Alex Wurz in the Williams, who finished in that order.
Takuma Sato was 15th for Super Aguri ahead of Toro Rosso debutant Sebastian Vettel, Adrian Sutil who had several off-track adventures in his Spyker, and a very unhappy Rubens Barrichello for Honda.
Vitantonio Liuzzi retired his Toro Rosso with mechanical problems, as did Jenson Button his Honda, while Anthony Davidson spun his Super Aguri after a clash with Fisichella, and Sakon Yamamoto lightly shunted his Spyker.
The victory gives Hamilton his third success of the season and 80 points, to Alonsos 73, Raikkonens 60 and Massas 59. In the constructors championship, McLaren retain their lead over Ferrari but by a reduced 19-point margin following the FIA edict that they should not score constructors points in Hungary as penalty for Saturdays qualifying incident. That decision could yet be overturned on appeal.