Skip to main content

Hamilton dominates from start to finish to win Hungarian Grand Prix

updated 11:22 AM EDT, Sun July 29, 2012
Lewis Hamilton celebrates his superb victory in the Hungary Grand Prix in traditional style.
Lewis Hamilton celebrates his superb victory in the Hungary Grand Prix in traditional style.
  • Lewis Hamilton wins Hungarian Grand Prix from pole
  • Lotus pair Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean second and third
  • Fernando Alonso finishes fifth to maintain title lead
  • Two-time defending champion Sebastian Vettel fourth

(CNN) -- McLaren's Lewis Hamilton controlled the race from start to finish to win the Hungarian Grand Prix Sunday to revive his title hopes.

The 2008 world champion made the most of pole position to cross the line at Hungaroring ahead of Lotus pair Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and France's Romain Grosjean.

It was the second win of the season for Britain's Hamilton, who was fastest in both practice sessions Friday and then dominated qualifying.

Spain's Fernando Alonso of Ferrari finished fifth to maintain his lead in the title race.

Two-time defending champion Sebastian Vettel of Germany took fourth for Red Bull.

I am looking forward to the continuation of the championship. A long way to go and a lot of work to do but we have shown we can compete
Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton's teammate Jenson Button finished sixth ahead of Bruno Senna of Brazil in the Williams.

Mark Webber in the second Red Bull, Ferrari's Felipe Massa and Nico Rosberg for Mercedes completed the points scoring.

Alonso has a 40 point lead in the championship standings with Vettel two points further adrift in third and Hamilton in fourth.

Hamilton led the championship before a recent poor run, but after the mid-season break will clearly be a force in an improved McLaren with nine of the 20 races to go.

"I am looking forward to the continuation of the championship. A long way to go and a lot of work to do but we have shown we can compete. It is very, very close but we are going to give it all we can," he told the post-race media conference.

It was the 19th win of his 101-race F1 career and it only came under threat towards the finish as he held off Raikkonen on worn tires.

Raikkonen was unhappy that his car's kinetic energy recovery system (Kers) was faulty.

"We came second, it's not enough, but we had some problems with the Kers," said the former world champion.

"We had some speed and we'll try to win the next race. At least we are up there all the time and we put ourselves in a good position but we are not happy until we win."

Seven-time champion Michael Schumacher endured a miserable afternoon, with his Mercedes having to start from the pit lane after its engine cut out on the grid.

He was late given a penalty for speeding in the pit lane and came home 24th and last.

Part of complete coverage on
Track the buzz of the 2014 Formula One season, race by race, with all the latest social reaction from motorsport experts.
updated 12:14 PM EST, Fri November 7, 2014
Glitz... check, glamor... check. Teams going bust... er, check. F1 generates billion-dollar revenues, so why can't some of its teams stay afloat?
updated 1:14 PM EST, Fri November 7, 2014
With the sport currently facing up to a financial crisis, motorsport journalist Ed Foster explores the history of F1 sponsorship.
updated 5:58 AM EDT, Tue October 21, 2014
He's paid millions to drive one of the world's fastest cars, and he's one of F1's most colorful characters, but Kimi Raikkonen loves normality.
updated 1:45 PM EDT, Sun October 12, 2014
It took a little longer than expected but MotoGP's young star Marc Marquez wraps up his second world title in Japan.
updated 6:39 AM EDT, Thu October 9, 2014
Rising star Daniil Kvyat made history as the home hero at F1's first Russian Grand Prix, ahead of next season's move to Red Bull.
updated 9:58 AM EDT, Fri September 19, 2014
Take the fittest driver in Formula One and test him against two of the world's leading triathletes in a high-performance laboratory.
updated 12:04 PM EDT, Fri September 5, 2014
Mercedes has the fastest two cars in Formula One this season but there is just one problem -- there can only be one world champion.
He's the best of the rest -- Daniel Ricciardo has been Formula One's surprise package in the first half of the 2014 season.
updated 7:35 AM EDT, Thu July 24, 2014
Formula One is not likely to go hungry in Hungary as master chefs cater in volume for drivers, teams and VIP guests.
updated 10:43 AM EDT, Thu July 3, 2014
It's the elephant in the room of Formula One. What's the prognosis legendary driver Michael Schumacher?
updated 7:10 PM EDT, Fri May 23, 2014
It stimulates all five senses, creating an unparalleled experience for drivers and fans alike. Take a tour of Monaco with Mark Webber.