At last ! Lewis cracks it in Hungary – 2009 GP

Congratulations to Lewis Hamilton who wins today’s Hungarian Grand Prix after a masterly and mature drive, taking advantage of pole sitter Alonso’s misfortune from a pit crew screw-up. That said, Hamilton deserved the win, taking his vastly-improved McLaren (Pit radio comment: “I love this car…”) on a steady but quick run which preserved his tyres whilst Red Bull, Brawn and Williams struggled with tyre decay and pit strategies.

Contender Vettell went out early with car trouble, leaving Championship leader Jensen Button to pick up a couple of points and maintain the gap from his closest contender. His Brawn teammate, Barrichello, could not deliver the goods and missed taking a point by not clobbering Glock and Nakajima in the closing laps.

Nico Rosberg continues to quietly follow the front order and here is a driver who will continue to challenge Vettel and the youngsters when the older guard of Button, Webber and Barrichello bow out in a year or so. The young Williams dirver is certainly one to watch.

Hamilton saluted the work of the Woking team in completely transforming the McLaren ride. Laughing boy Raikonen brought Ferrari home in 2nd to provide a more ‘traditional’ podium perhaps, with Mark Webber in 3rd. Webber’s 3rd was no gift from Vettel and the Aussie continues to perform well.

Worth doing the maths now as the championship heads for a month break before the European GP in Valencia on 21st August. Who can continue to challenge the Brawn boy in the remaining 7 races ? Certainly Hamilton did him a huge favour today.

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