And Lewis Hamilton wins the Hungarian Grand Prix from Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean. Sebastian Vettel finishes fourth ahead of Fernando Alonso who stretches his championship lead to 40 points. Jenson Button finishes sixth ahead of Bruno Senna and Mark Webber. Thanks for joining us!
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So with a lap remaining it looks like being Hamilton from the Lotus duo. Eric Boullier’s boys will have to wait another race but they’re getting closer to that elusive win!
Hamilton is now over a second clear again and has managed to nullify Raikkonen’s DRS threat.
The gap is back to a second and unless Hamilton makes a mistake, his tyres look good to last.
The gap is still just under a second as Karthikeyan goes off the track. Hamilton still looks comfortable.
Hamilton dials in his best lap of the race so that will deflate Lotus.
Vettel over ten seconds adrift of third so that should be the podium places sewn up.
The gap is down to half a second and Raikkonen is really pressing again. But he runs wide.
Raikkonen has said that he won’t be able to get past unless Hamilton’s tyres go off.
Michael Schumacher becomes the first retirement of the race. It has been a miserable day for him.
Vettel is in for his third stop and squeezes out just in front of Alonso.
Hamilton still managing the gap to 0.9 seconds.
Amazingly, every single car is still running and there have been o retirements.
Raikkonen has to be careful not to hurt his own tyres too much as he knows Hamilton’s will degrade faster than his from now onwards.
Looks like Grosjean will have to settle for a podium and the fight is between Lewis and Kimi.
Raikkonen has been asked to conserve his KERS which was down to 50% down on optimum earlier in the race.
Raikkonen now under a second behind Hamilton and we know how fast Kimi can be.
Maldonado given a drive through penalty.
Hamilton’s lead is down to 1.9 seconds but Grosjean is a little further back now.
Raikkonen should be right up with Hamilton soon. The harder compound really coming in now. Lewis will really have his work cut out now.
So both Lotuses finishing on the harder compound and Lewis on the soft. Can Lewis stop his tyres from going off?
Button’s three stopper has been a disaster and he’s now seventh.
So Hamilton leads by 4.4 seconds from Raikkonen with Grosjean one and a half seconds further back.
Raikkonen, Grosjean and Vettel now within touching distance of one another.
Raikkonen is in for the harder compound tyre. he rejoins ahead of Grosjean.
Only Raikkonen and Perez yet to make their second stops.
If Raikkonen nails a few more laps at this pace he could come out in the lead after his last stop! He is 14.1 seconds clear. Alonso now stops.
Button was unable to get past Senna but the Williams has pitted.
Raikkkonen has just set a blinding lap with a 1:25.934.
That’s worked out nicely for Hamilton and he’s on the softer rubber now. Will they last the rest of the race or will Grosjean’s harder tyres come in at just the right time. Could be fascinating.
Hamilton is in now in for his second stop. Good stop.
Here’s where the race could be won and lost. Grosjean in for hard tyres. Webber also in.
Vettel comes into the pits and locks up before his new tyres go on. He comes out ahead of Button!
Hamilton complaining that the back markers are not moving out of the way for him. The gap now under a second.
If Grosjean is sticking to his two stopper then Lotus could become the new favourites for this one. All depends on how Grosjean’s hard compound tyre works after the next stop.
Vettel has just set the fastest lap of the race with Button out of the way.
Well, well. Hamilton’s mechanics have told him he may have to go to plan B as well.
And Button is out behind the Williams of Senna.
Button comes in for his second stop. He will bolt on soft tyres.
So at half distance Hamilton still leads Grosjean, Button, Vettel, Raikkonen and Alonso.
Hamilton still managing the gap to Grosjean. Another slight mistake from the Frenchman.
Looks like Button could be switching to a three stopper.
Grosjean visibly closer as Hamilton comes up to the back markers. Could be the Lotus’ chance.
Grosjean has pulled it back a little bit and is closing on Hamilton again, now 1.2 seconds behind. Perhaps he just had two poor laps or made a small mistake.
Button saving his KERS to counteract Vettel’s DRS.
Vettel is now swarming all over the back of Button so lots of mini scraps going on.
Grosjean has dropped back slightly in the dirty air. It’s so difficult to pass here.
Grosjean now all over the back of Hamilton, his tyres really working in this stint but he needs to get past soon and Hamilton’s tyres will last longer.
Hamilton is on the harder compound and Grosjean on the softs which may be why the Lotus is reeling him in. Now just 1.1 seconds in it.
It looks like a straight fight between the lead two at the moment. Webber all over the back of Alonso.
After the pit stop shake-up, Hamilton leads by 2.6 seconds, Button still a further eight behind.
Hamilton now on the medium compound tyre but Grosjean is flying behind him trying to make the time back.
Raikkonen pits for the soft compound tyre. He is out ahead of Alonso. Looks like it has worked out well for Webber.
Alonso cruises past Perez to get his place back.
And Grosjean is in. He rejoins still behind Hamilton as his stop was even longer. Lotus will be angry with that one.
It has allowed Grosjean to narrow the gap so can he put his foot down and take advantage?
Lewis Hamilton comes in for his first stop. His stop was 4.2 seconds so not a great one.
Button manages to maintain his advantage but Alonso is now behind Perez.
Sebastian Vettel is now in for mediums, as is Alonso.
Senna, Rosberg and Di Resta all in.
They have all swapped to the medium compound.
Hulkenberg and Maldonado follow Button in. He only stopped for three seconds.
Grosjean now six seconds ahead of Button who pits.
Button’s mechanics were considering a three stopper but have changed their mind and gone back to the original two stopper.
Hamilton and Grosjean stretching away from the field both comfortably ahead of Button.
Michael Schumacher now closing on Timo Glock so he won’t be last for much longer.
Kobayashi has passed both HRTs as he starts the long climb back.
Hamilton now 2.3 seconds ahead of Grosjean with team-mate Button six seconds adrift of his lead.
Kobayashi now on the medium compound.
Hamilton now has a 2.1 second advantage over Grosjean.
Kamui Kobayashi is in for his first stop. He may have hit someone at the start.
So it’s still Hamilton from Grosjean, Button, Vettel, Alonso and Raikkonen. Webber just behind them but on the harder compound so could be on a great strategy now.
Romain Grosjean has set the fastest lap of the race.
Michael Schumacher has served his penalty but is now dead last.
Timo Glock spun into turn 12. Hamilton now 2.2 seconds clear of Grosjean.
Jenson Button has managed to get past Sebastian Vettel so looking good for McLaren.
It’s gone even worse for Schumacher who has been given a drive through penalty for speeding in the pit lane.
Hamilton is already 2.1 seconds clear.
Raikkonen appears to be complaining of a KERS problem.
Schumacher pits to the medium compound tyre immediately.
So it’s almost as you were at the front but Webber has had a great start up to seventh on P11 on the medium rubber! Maldonado is down to 12th from 8th.
And they’re away this time with the race distance reduced by one lap. Great start from Hamilton and Grosjean keeps his second place.
Michael Schumacher has stopped on the grid and is being pushed off so there will be another formation lap. Schumacher will have to try and start from the pit lane.
Webber starting on the medium compound tyre, all of the top ten on softs.
The grid is clear and the cars are off on their parade lap. Not long to go now folks. Track temperature is a blistering 45 degrees.
Romain Grosjean: “It feels very good. I like to be on the front row, it’s better than P20. Normally our race pace is very good.”
It is Fernando Alonso’s 31st birthday today and the early news is that there could be a rain shower an hour into the race. That could give the birthday boy a chance. Only clear blue skies and sun at the moment though!
It is a baking hot day in Budapest and Red Bull aerodynamic genius Adrian Newey thinks the heat will play a part. “Lewis has been quick all weekend so he’s going to be quite troublesome. It’s very hot today so tyre degradation is going to be a factor.”
Mark Webber: “We’ve put ourselves on the back foot but we’re looking to be strong in the race with the strategy that we have.”
Lewis Hamilton starts on pole position ahead of Romain Grosjean, Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button with championship leader Fernando Alonso back in sixth on the grid.
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