Hamilton back to winning ways

McLaren taste success after 10 races

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton jubilates after winning the Hungarian GP. REUTERSKimi Raikkonen, driving the only Ferrari in the race after Brazilian team-mate Felipe Massa suffered a serious head injury in qualifying, was second but under investigation by stewards for colliding with Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel at the start. Australian Mark Webber finished third for Red Bull to go second in the championship, 18.5 points behind Britain's Jenson Button with seven races remaining.

Brawn GP's Button had a frustrating afternoon in the Hungarian heat, struggling to get performance out of the car's tyres, and finished seventh after starting eighth. His unhappiness was only relieved by seeing the top two places filled by drivers whose title dreams had long disappeared. Hamilton's victory, 11.5 seconds ahead of 2007 champion Raikkonen, was the 24-year-old's first since China last October, and 10th of his career. It was his Mercedes-powered team's first podium finish of the year. "Great job guys," said Hamilton.

In a footnote for statisticians, it was also the first success for a car equipped with the new KERS energy recovery system.

Germany's Nico Rosberg was fourth for Williams ahead of McLaren's Heikki Kovalainenand Toyota's Timo Glock.

Italian Jarno Trulli took the final point for Toyota. Renault's double world champion Fernando Alonso had started on pole position but the Spaniard lasted only 17 laps before retiring after earlier having to limp back to the pits on three wheels.

His compatriot Jaime Alguersuari, driving a Toro Rosso, became Formula One's youngest ever starter at the age of 19 years and 125 days. The teenager finished 15th, lapped but ahead of Sebastien Buemi.

Adrian Sutil’s Hungarian Grand Prix lasted just one lap before the German headed for the pit while his Force India team-mate Giancarlo Fisichella did slightly better to finish 14th.


Championship standings: Jenson Button (Bri) Brawn, 70 points, 1; Mark Webber (Aus) Red Bull, 51.5, 2; Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Red Bull, 47, 3; Rubens Barrichello (Bra) Brawn, 44, 4; Nico Rosberg (Ger) Williams,  25.5, 5.

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