Hungarian GP Podium 2012

Formula One


LEWIS HAMILTON TAKES A CONTROLLING WIN IN BUDAPEST.

KIMI PUTS UP A GREAT FIGHT AND SETTLES FOR SECOND PLACE.

ROMAIN GROSJEAN FENDS OFF VETTEL FOR THIRD…

HAMILTON: “This weekend shows it is all to play for still, Not enough points taken from Fernando. If we can continue this kind of performance we can catch up.

We need consistency and we need to improve the car still in many areas and I am sure we will do that.

It is nice to go into the break knowing that we have had a win,” said Hamilton. “It is a great feeling. It is very, very important how I manage the summer break.

We have clearly still got a lot of work to do. We should take from this a good pat on the back, but we should know we have a lot of work to do

These guys were rapid, If they had qualified at the front it would have been impossible to get past them.

When you win like this when under intense pressure from great drivers like Romain and Kimi, this is the kind of day when you have to have your mind 100 per cent, I feel great, because the team didn’t flinch and neither did I.

It was never really close. I allowed them to close up in certain corners so that he may have problems with his tyres. I just made sure I saved my speed for the last sector so I had a big enough gap in the last three corners.”

GROSJEAN: “It was close with Kimi, he did what he had to do I got marbles on my tyres and struggled to recover, but it is what it is.

It was the same story with Kimi as with Vettel – I was inside of Seb so it was alright.

It just happened – unfortunately I got stuck behind another car and it wouldn’t let me past and I lost 1.5 seconds… I wasn’t happy at that stage as I was fighting for win and suddenly I got stuck with something you cannot manage.

We were close to fight for the win, so we are a little bit [disappointed] today. But I got stuck behind another car on that blue flag and it didn’t really respect it.

It is really difficult for the car here to be close and not make mistakes.

When following Lewis I was losing a bit of grip, then our first pitstop was a disaster. The second one was OK, but I didn’t get chance to jump in pitstops and strategy and that was key today because overtaking was too difficult. You started sliding more, losing temperature, so it was very difficult to follow.”

Pos Driver Team Time
 1.  Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes           1h41:05.503
 2.  Raikkonen     Lotus-Renault              +     1.032
 3.  Grosjean      Lotus-Renault              +    10.518
 4.  Vettel        Red Bull-Renault           +    11.614
 5.  Alonso        Ferrari                    +    26.653
 6.  Button        McLaren-Mercedes           +    30.243
 7.  Senna         Williams-Renault           +    33.899
 8.  Webber        Red Bull-Renault           +    34.458
 9.  Massa         Ferrari                    +    38.300
10.  Rosberg       Mercedes                   +    51.200
11.  Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes       +    57.200
12.  Di Resta      Force India-Mercedes       +  1:02.800
13.  Maldonado     Williams-Renault           +    1:03.6
14.  Perez         Sauber-Ferrari             +    1:04.4
15.  Ricciardo     Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +     1 lap
16.  Vergne        Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +     1 lap
17.  Kovalainen    Caterham-Renault           +     1 lap
18.  Kobayashi     Sauber-Ferrari             +    2 laps
19.  Petrov        Caterham-Renault           +    2 laps
20.  Pic           Marussia-Cosworth          +    2 laps
21.  Glock         Marussia-Cosworth          +    3 laps
22.  De la Rosa    HRT-Cosworth               +    3 laps