Heikki High: Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix belonged to Ferrari’s Felipe Massa but victory went to Finland’s Heikki Kovalainen in his McLaren, who becomes the 100th. driver to win a Formula 1 race. The Brazilian shot into the lead from the second row at the start and never looked back, till a rare engine failure three laps from the end robbed him of a certain win and lead in the world championship.
The pole-sitting McLaren of Lewis Hamilton suffered a puncture taking last year’s winner out of contention. He fought back to finish fifth and retain his championship lead. German Timo Glock enjoyed ‘oh, what a felling’ as he made his first podium appearance by finishing second in his Toyota.
Kimi Raikkonen, hungry for a win since April’s Spanish Grand Prix, was third and is now only five points behind Hamilton in the championship. Massa is still a serious title contender as he trails his teammate by only three points. In the constructors’ championship Ferrari is 11 points ahead of McLaren.
Round 12 of 18 is the European Grand Prix on the new street circuit in Valencia, Spain, on August 24th.
Podcast # 296
Heikki gets his first victory!!
A great second place for Timo and Toyota.
Kimi holds on to third place.
Great start for Massa but engine failure did him in.
Pos Driver Team Time
1. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1h37:27.067
2. Glock Toyota (B) + 11.061
3. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) + 16.856
4. Alonso Renault (B) + 21.614
5. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) + 23.048
6. Piquet Renault (B) + 32.298
7. Trulli Toyota (B) + 36.449
8. Kubica BMW Sauber (B) + 48.321
9. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) + 58.834
10. Heidfeld BMW Sauber (B) + 1:07.709
11. Coulthard Red Bull-Renault (B) + 1:10.407
12. Button Honda (B) + 1 lap
13. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) + 1 lap
14. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) + 1 lap
15. Fisichella Force India-Ferrari (B) + 1 lap
16. Barrichello Honda (B) + 2 laps
17. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) + 3 laps
18. Massa Ferrari (B) + 3 laps
Fastest lap: Raikkonen, 1:21.195