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GP Cina, gara–12/04/2015


F1 Chinese GP: Hamilton leads Rosberg in comfortable Mercedes 1-2

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes reasserted their authority over Formula 1 with a commanding Chinese Grand Prix victory.

Nico Rosberg had to settle for second place, ahead of the Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, in a race that was close at times without ever truly coming to life.

Hamilton had made his intentions clear by angling his car very aggressively towards Rosberg’s on the grid.

He duly held his lead off the line, with Rosberg and Vettel stringing out behind the champion through the first stint.

The situation became more tense in the middle stint of the two-stop race, as both Rosberg and Vettel closed on Hamilton.

A frustrated Rosberg radioed Mercedes asking if Hamilton could speed up, as his tyres were wearing too much whenever he got closer than two seconds away from his team-mate’s rear wing.

When Ferrari brought Vettel in for his second stop ahead of the two Mercedes, Rosberg was pitted a lap later in an effort to prevent his countryman getting an undercut on his new tyres.

But rather than his rivals’ earlier stops putting Hamilton at a disadvantage, he was able to raise his pace considerably on his final laps on soft tyres.

Hamilton ran two laps longer than Rosberg and rejoined with a 6s cushion rather than the 2s advantage he had held prior to the stops.

Rosberg reduced Hamilton’s lead slightly before settling for second.

A safety car appearance with two laps to go – caused by Max Verstappen’s Toro Rosso parking on the pit straight in a cloud of smoke – made things even more comfortable for Hamilton, as the race finished under yellow.

Vettel was not a match for the Mercedes once all were onto medium tyres and fell away in third.

The Malaysian GP winner then came under late pressure from team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.

The Finn quickly cleared both Williams on the opening lap to make up for his qualifying frustration, and though he could not keep pace with the top three at first, he ran long in his middle stint and made up ground.

Raikkonen was still 1.4s behind Vettel when the late safety car came out and had to be content with fourth.

Williams ran a lonely and distant fifth and sixth with Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas, a minute behind the leaders prior to the field being bunched up.

Lotus scored its first points of the year with Romain Grosjean in seventh, but it was a wild race for his team-mate Pastor Maldonado.

The Venezuelan got ahead of Grosjean in the first pitstop sequence, before going down the pitlane entry escape road at his second stop.

A spin while trying to recover left him even further behind, and he then became embroiled in a spectacular battle with the McLarens of Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso.

After several fraught laps, this came to a head when Button hit the back of the Lotus at Turn 1, ending Maldonado’s race and prompting a stewards’ investigation.

Despite that, McLaren still got its first double finish of 2015 with Alonso and Button’s battered cars 12th and 13th.

Until his late engine failure, Verstappen was on course for eighth, having sliced through the field with some very accomplished overtaking.

But his problem completed a terrible day for Renault and the Red Bull-owned teams.

Daniel Ricciardo had tumbled to 17th with a terrible start and made heavy weather of coming back through the field to ninth between the Saubers of Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson, which scored again.

Daniil Kvyat was also out early with a suspected engine failure, while Carlos Sainz Jr spun at Turn 1 in the opening laps and later lost time with a gearbox problem before finishing between the McLarens and Manors in 14th.

Force India spent a while in the points as a unique three-stop strategy for Sergio Perez shook out, but in the end 11th was his limit.

A gearbox failure ended team-mate Nico Hulkenberg’s race.

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1h39m42.008s
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 0.714s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 2.988s
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 3.835s
5 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 8.544s
6 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 9.885s
7 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 19.008s
8 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 22.625s
9 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 32.117s
10 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1 Lap
11 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1 Lap
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1 Lap
13 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1 Lap
14 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1 Lap
15 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 2 Laps
16 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 2 Laps
17 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 4 Laps
Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes Retirement
Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault Retirement
Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes Retirement

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP:

Pos Driver Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 68
2 Sebastian Vettel 55
3 Nico Rosberg 51
4 Felipe Massa 30
5 Kimi Raikkonen 24
6 Valtteri Bottas 18
7 Felipe Nasr 14
8 Daniel Ricciardo 11
9 Romain Grosjean 6
10 Nico Hulkenberg 6
11 Max Verstappen 6
12 Carlos Sainz 6
13 Marcus Ericsson 5
14 Daniil Kvyat 2
15 Sergio Perez 1
16 Jenson Button 0
17 Fernando Alonso 0
18 Roberto Merhi 0
19 Will Stevens 0

Da Autosport.com


GP Australia, gara–15/03/2015


Australian GP: Lewis Hamilton beats Nico Rosberg to win

Lewis Hamilton began the defence of his Formula 1 world championship with a commanding victory in the Australian Grand Prix, as Sebastian Vettel began his Ferrari career with a podium.

Hamilton led away from pole in Melbourne and only momentarily lost the lead to Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg during the pitstop sequence before securing the 34th win of his career.

Rosberg crossed the line second, 1.3 seconds adrift, as Mercedes picked up where it left off last season with a dominant performance in which the team finished 33s clear of the field.

Vettel bided his time before jumping Williams’s Felipe Massa at the mid-race pitstops by going longer to take third and confirm Ferrari’s improved pace.

Just 15 cars started the season-opening race, after both McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen and Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat stopped on the way to the dummy grid with mechanical problems.

Valtteri Bottas had already been ruled out on medical grounds because of a back injury sustained in qualifying, while neither Manor ran all weekend as it continues its efforts to get back into F1.

The field was further depleted after just a few corners, when Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was clipped by Carlos Sainz Jr’s Toro Rosso at Turn 1.

That nudged the Ferrari into Felipe Nasr’s Sauber, which then ricocheted into Pastor Maldonado, spinning the Lotus driver into the barriers and out of the race.

This brought out the safety car and Lotus’s misery was compounded after just one lap when Romain Grosjean pitted before being pushed back into the garage having had a power issue on the formation lap.

Rookie Felipe Nasr provided Sauber with a sensational end to what has been a difficult weekend, which saw the team involved in a legal battle with Giedo van der Garde, as he finished a brilliant fifth.

It was an impressive debut for the Brazilian, who was 12s clear of home favourite Daniel Ricciardo in the Red Bull.

Nasr’s team-mate Marcus Ericsson, who started 16th, pulled off a late move on Sainz at Turn 13 to finish eighth for the Swiss team, which failed to score a single point last season.

Nico Hulkenberg scored points for a Force India team that managed just two-and-a-half days of pre-season testing because of delays with the production of the 2015 chassis as the German finished seventh.

Sainz crossed the line ninth to score points on his debut, having lost a lot of time with a slow pitstop, while Force India’s Sergio Perez, who had a messy race, closed out the top 10.

The Mexican spun, dropping to the back of the field, and then found himself facing the wrong way when he clumsily hit McLaren’s Jenson Button when attempting an opportunistic pass at Turn 3.

Button narrowly missed out on giving McLaren-Honda a remarkable points finish as he crossed the line 11th – and last.

However, it was the first time the team had managed to complete a race distance with its new car, following a pre-season littered with problems.

Raikkonen looked on course to finish fourth, but at his second stop his Ferrari team failed to fit the left-rear tyre properly.

The Finn rejoined, but pulled off the track a few corners later and retired with his engineer saying "sorry, Kimi" on team radio.

Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen, who became Formula 1’s youngest driver by taking the start, retired when running ninth with smoke pluming from the rear of the car.

RESULTS – 58 LAPS:

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1h31m54.067s
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1.360s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 34.523s
4 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 38.196s
5 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m35.149s
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1 Lap
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1 Lap
8 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1 Lap
9 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso/Renault 1 Lap
10 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1 Lap
11 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 2 Laps
Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari Retirement
Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault Retirement
Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Honda Not started
Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes Withdrawn
Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault Not started
Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes Retirement
Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes Collision
Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari Withdrawn
Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari Withdrawn

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP:

Pos Driver Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 25
2 Nico Rosberg 18
3 Sebastian Vettel 15
4 Felipe Massa 12
5 Felipe Nasr 10
6 Daniel Ricciardo 8
7 Nico Hulkenberg 6
8 Marcus Ericsson 4
9 Carlos Sainz Jr. 2
10 Sergio Perez 1
11 Jenson Button 0

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP:

Pos Constructor Points
1 Mercedes 43
2 Ferrari 15
3 Sauber/Ferrari 14
4 Williams/Mercedes 12
5 Red Bull/Renault 8
6 Force India/Mercedes 7
7 Toro Rosso/Renault 2
8 McLaren/Honda 0

Da Autosport.com


Spa, una poltrona per 4–06/08/2013


Da Autosprint n.31 del 06/08/2013

 

 

 


GP Ungheria, gara–28/07/2013


Hungarian GP: Lewis Hamilton takes his first Mercedes victory

Lewis Hamilton claimed his first victory for Mercedes with an imperious drive in the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The Briton pulled himself clear of a fraught race behind, in which Kimi Raikkonen ultimately beat Sebastian Vettel to second, Mark Webber salvaged fourth and Romain Grosjean’s chances were spoiled by a penalty.

Hamilton’s initial battle was with qualifying rivals Vettel and Grosjean, after a spicy first lap in which slow-starter Vettel had to defend hard from the Lotus as Fernando Alonso and Nico Rosberg also tried to get involved.

The Red Bull was right on the Mercedes’ tail at first, but as the opening stint wore on, Hamilton had some respite with Vettel instead under pressure from Grosjean.

The crucial moment for Hamilton was when he emerged behind Jenson Button after his first pitstop.

Hamilton rapidly overtook and, despite the McLaren’s best retaliatory efforts, pulled away.

Vettel could not do the same when he also found himself tailing Button after pitting.

The two made light contact, leaving Vettel concerned about his front wing and allowing Grosjean plenty of chances to attack, as Alonso closed in too.

It took until lap 24 for Vettel to finally pass Button, with Grosjean clashing with the McLaren as he tried to follow.

Both continued, but the incident will be investigated post-race.

Grosjean still got a penalty in the race as well. Following his second pitstop, he boldly passed Felipe Massa’s Ferrari around the outside of the fast Turn 4.

But the stewards adjudged that he had exceeded track limits in doing so and bestowed a drive-through, dropping him out of contention.

By the time Vettel was clear of Button, Hamilton had a commanding advantage over the world champion that he would not lose.

The other Red Bull was not defeated yet, though. Webber ran a very long first stint on his medium tyres and spent a while in the lead.

On their slightly different sequences, Hamilton twice emerged right behind Webber after pitstops, and twice passed him on the outside of Turn 3, with Webber ending up taking to the run-off in the second move.

Those passes ensured Webber had no chance of delaying Hamilton’s progress as the Briton wrapped Mercedes’ third victory of 2013.

Meanwhile Raikkonen worked his way forward on a two-stop strategy, spending the early part of the race trapped behind Massa before bringing himself into contention.

His consistent pace meant that he emerged in second place as the final stops played out, with both Red Bulls behind him.

Vettel tried his utmost to pass Raikkonen in the closing laps and complained that the Finn was over-defensive in what turned out to be a decisive dice with two laps to go.

Webber tried to chase down this pair but had to settle for fourth, while Alonso fell away from the leaders and could only fend off Grosjean for fifth.

McLaren got both its cars in the points on two-stop strategies, with Button seventh and Sergio Perez ninth.

First-lap contact with Rosberg and a later brush with Adrian Sutil hampered Massa’s day and he finished eighth.

Rosberg tumbled down to 12th in his incident with the Ferrari. He recovered to ninth before a fiery late-race failure.

The Mercedes’ retirement allowed Pastor Maldonado to end Williams’s points drought in 10th position.

PROVISIONAL RACE RESULTS

Pos  Driver        Team
 1.  Hamilton       Mercedes
 2.  Raikkonen      Lotus-Renault
 3.  Vettel         Red Bull-Renault
 4.  Webber         Red Bull-Renault
 5.  Alonso         Ferrari
 6.  Grosjean       Lotus-Renault
 7.  Button         McLaren-Mercedes
 8.  Massa          Ferrari
 9.  Perez          McLaren-Mercedes
10.  Maldonado      Williams-Renault
11.  Hulkenberg     Sauber-Ferrari
12.  Vergne         Toro Rosso-Ferrari
13.  Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari
14.  van der Garde  Caterham-Renault
15.  Pic            Caterham-Renault
16.  Bianchi        Marussia-Cosworth
17.  Chilton        Marussia-Cosworth
DNF  Di Resta       Force India-Mercedes
DNF  Rosberg        Mercedes
DNF  Bottas         Williams-Renault
DNF  Gutierrez      Sauber-Ferrari
DNF  Sutil          Force India-Mercedes

World Championship standings, round 10:

Drivers:                    Constructors:             
 1.  Vettel        172        1.  Red Bull-Renault          277
 2.  Raikkonen     136        2.  Mercedes                  206
 3.  Alonso        133        3.  Ferrari                   194
 4.  Hamilton      122        4.  Lotus-Renault             185
 5.  Webber        105        5.  Force India-Mercedes       59
 6.  Rosberg        84        6.  McLaren-Mercedes           57
 7.  Massa          61        7.  Toro Rosso-Ferrari         24
 8.  Grosjean       49        8.  Sauber-Ferrari              7
 9.  Button         39        9.  Williams-Renault            1
10.  Di Resta       36
11.  Sutil          23
12.  Perez          18
13.  Vergne         13
14.  Ricciardo      11
15.  Hulkenberg      7
16.  Maldonado       1
Da Autosport.com

Al posto di Kimi… –11/07/2013


Se fossi al posto di Kimi

Come è giusto che sia, da qualche giorno tanti amici mi chiedono: beh, ma che cosa ci dobbiamo aspettare adesso dal Biondino, andrà davvero alla Red Bull o resterà in casa Lotus?
Premetto che non ho informazioni certe, mica sono Filippo Vettel!
Inoltre, non sono riuscito a consultare il mio Consigliori in materia finnica, il sempre equilibrato Mazgiorg.
Facciamo così: diamo per scontato, visto che nessuno lo nega, che ci sia una trattativa tra i Bibitari e il Santo Bevitore. E supponiamo anche che Raikkonen abbia la libertà di decidere tra le varie opzioni.
Cosa fareste voi, raikkoniani o meno, se foste al posto suo (oltre a scolarvi una vodka ghiacciata)?
Ecco come mi comporterei io.
Ci andrei, alla corte di Horner the Corner.
Per le seguenti ragioni:
1) Abbiamo tutti un orgoglio e se quattro anni dopo essere stato messo a piedi dalla Ferrari mi si presenta il team che dal 2010 domina la scena, insomma, è una soddisfazione da paura, non è che mi stiano facendo proposte la Sauber o la Force India, con tutto il rispetto.
2) Poi ci andrei perchè mi importa sega del quadriennio iridato di Vettel, sono un campione del mondo anche io, fammi vedere da vicino com’è questo Vettelino, in fin dei conti un partner tripalluto non lo ha mai avuto.
3) Ci andrei perché non mi sono spostato di un millimetro quando in McLaren mi dissero con un anno di anticipo che prendevano Montoya e ne ho fatto polpette in fretta. Ci andrei perchè nell’estate del 2005, quando Todt mi offrì la successione del Sommo Sacerdote di Kerpen, ecco, non ci ho pensato su manco un nanosecondo, ho firmato il contratto in una stanza d’hotel di Hockenheim e ti saluto e sono, mi scolai una bottiglia di vodka per la felicità, naturalmente quando il Pinguino aveva lasciato la camera, l’ometto ha il gravissimo difetto di essere astemio (almeno in una cosa, lui e il Dom si somigliano, toh).
4) Infine, un anno fa, di questi tempi, sono stato io ad offrirmi alla Ferrari per il grande ritorno, visto che in Lotus non mi pagavano, forse mi avevano preso per un fornitore della Pubblica Amministrazione in Italia, non so se mi spiego. E uno che non aveva timore a tornare a Maranello accanto all’Innominato Innominabile, su, può aver paura di un confronto con Vettel?
Esticazzi.

Da Blog.quotidiano.net


Hamilton: “Sarebbe bello vedere Raikkonen in Red Bull”

Lewis Hamilton pensa che Kimi Raikkonen dovrebbe prendere al volo l’occasione di andare in Red Bull nel 2014. Il pilota della Mercedes ha dichiarato che Raikkonen, il quale sta al momento valutando se affiancare Sebastian Vettel o restare alla Lotus, potrebbe essere un osso duro per il tedesco.
“Sarebbe davvero figo vedere Kimi in Red Bull. Per Seb sarebbe un momento difficile” ha dichiarato Hamilton al Sun.

“Kimi è un pilota incredibile, tutti lo sanno, quindi con una vettura ancora migliore sarebbe interessante vedere cosa potrebbe fare con essa”.

Hamilton d’altra parte ha spesso faticato a tenere il passo di Nico Rosberg quest’anno ma Fernando Alonso ha dichiarato di non essere sorpreso dalle prestazioni del tedesco della Mercedes: “L’abbiamo visto battere Michael (Schumacher, ndr) negli ultimi anni, e non perché Michael aveva dimenticato come guidare ma perchè Nco ha fatto un lavoro fantastico, e ora sta migliorando ancora” ha spiegato lo spagnolo a Sport Bild.

Da f1grandprix.motorionline.com

 


GP USA, gara–18/11/2012


US GP: Hamilton wins from Vettel and Alonso, title battle goes to wire

Lewis Hamilton beat Sebastian Vettel to victory in an absorbing United States Grand Prix, as Fernando Alonso’s third place kept the Formula 1 championship battle alive.

Despite his defeat at Austin, Vettel remains title favourite, as he takes a 13-point lead over Alonso into next weekend’s finale at Interlagos. The constructors’ championship is settled though, with Red Bull beating it beyond its rivals’ reach.

Hamilton’s relentless pursuit of Vettel kept tension building throughout the race. The McLaren lost second to Vettel’s Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber at the start, but soon re-passed the Australian. Webber retired with alternator failure soon afterwards, no doubt prompting nerves in the Red Bull garage.

Vettel’s car was still running smoothly, but it did not have the pace to escape from Hamilton.

The champion pulled out a little breathing space just before the first pitstops, only for Hamilton to come back with a vengeance once they were both on fresh hard tyres.

Hamilton spent most of the middle of the race tantalisingly close to Vettel, but was frustrated time and time again by the Red Bull’s superior traction. The McLaren would close in through the fast first sector, then struggle to get near enough on the DRS zone straight.

Finally on lap 42 out of 57 Hamilton managed to pull the move off after Vettel lost time in traffic before the DRS area. Vettel moved to the inside, but the McLaren’s straightline pace advantage was so great that McLaren was comfortably ahead before the next corner – prompting angry radio messages from Vettel about backmarker Narain Karthikeyan’s HRT.

The race was far from over, as Hamilton never quite escaped from Vettel. The Red Bull did not manage to get within striking range and Hamilton was able to win in America for the second time in his career, crossing the line a mere six tenths ahead of Vettel, who at least wrapped up another teams’ title for his employer.

Alonso’s progress to third was mostly achieved via a superb start from his controversial grid slot. He then swept around the outside at the first corner to secure fourth, which became third after Webber’s exit.

His Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa recovered from his generously-accepted 11th place on the grid to fourth, showing great race pace throughout.

Massa came under slight threat from Jenson Button late on. The McLaren had fallen right back to 16th on lap one, before flying through the field as its tyres came to life. Button ran to lap 35 before pitting, and then battled past the two Lotuses to secure fifth.

Kimi Raikkonen looked like he might challenge Alonso at one stage. Both lost a few seconds at their pitstops, with Raikkonen falling back into traffic and then being overtaken by Massa and Button in the second stint.

Raikkonen finished just ahead of team-mate Romain Grosjean, who recovered well from spinning on lap five then requiring a lap-nine pitstop. He fell right back to 22nd, but flew thereafter.

Nico Hulkenberg claimed eighth for Force India by fending off battling Williams duo Pastor Maldonado and Bruno Senna. The pair banged wheels at Turn 1 in the closing laps as Maldonado passed his team-mate.

Daniel Ricciardo starred in the first stint, rising from 18th on the grid to fifth by staying out until lap 30. But that tactic did not pay off for Toro Rosso as Ricciardo was only 12th in the end.

Mercedes had a terrible race. Michael Schumacher was overtaken by rival after rival in the opening stint, falling from fifth on the grid to 14th before his first pitstop. He would require more tyres later on too, leaving him 16th, three places behind team-mate Nico Rosberg.

PROVISIONAL RACE RESULTS

The USA Grand Prix
Circuit of the Americas, USA;
56 laps; 308.896km;
Weather: Sunny.

Classified:

Pos  Driver        Team                       Time
 1.  Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes           1h35:55.269
2. Vettel Red Bull-Renault + 0.675
3. Alonso Ferrari + 39.229
4. Massa Ferrari + 46.013
5. Button McLaren-Mercedes + 56.432
6. Raikkonen Lotus-Renault + 1:04.425
7. Grosjean Lotus-Renault + 1:10.313
8. Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes + 1:13.792
9. Maldonado Williams-Renault + 1:14.525
10. Senna Williams-Renault + 1:15.133
11. Perez Sauber-Ferrari + 1:24.341
12. Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 1:24.871
13. Rosberg Mercedes + 1:25.510
14. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari + 1 lap 15. Di Resta Force India-Mercedes + 1 lap 16. Schumacher Mercedes + 1 lap 17. Petrov Caterham-Renault + 1 lap 18. Kovalainen Caterham-Renault + 1 lap 19. Glock Marussia-Cosworth + 1 lap 20. Pic Marussia-Cosworth + 2 laps 21. De la Rosa HRT-Cosworth + 2 laps 22. Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth + 2 laps Fastest lap: Vettel, 1:39.347 Not classified/retirements: Driver Team On lap Webber Red Bull-Renault 17 Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 15 World Championship standings, round 19: Drivers: Constructors: 1. Vettel 273 1. Red Bull-Renault 440 2. Alonso 260 2. Ferrari 367 3. Raikkonen 206 3. McLaren-Mercedes 353 4. Hamilton 190 4. Lotus-Renault 302 5. Webber 167 5. Mercedes 136 6. Button 163 6. Sauber-Ferrari 124 7. Massa 107 7. Force India-Mercedes 99 8. Grosjean 96 8. Williams-Renault 76 9. Rosberg 93 9. Toro Rosso-Ferrari 22 10. Perez 66 11. Kobayashi 58 12. Hulkenberg 53 13. Di Resta 46 14. Maldonado 45 15. Schumacher 43 16. Senna 31 17. Vergne 12 18. Ricciardo 10
Da Autosport.com

GP Ungheria, gara–29/07/2012


Hamilton holds off Raikkonen to win the Hungarian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton fended off Kimi Raikkonen to claim victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix and revitalise a title campaign that had begun to drift since McLaren’s last win in Canada.

Hamilton led the majority of the race, but had a Lotus on his tail nearly all of the way.

Initially it was Romain Grosjean, who dismissed a strong challenge from Sebastian Vettel at the first corner, which allowed Jenson Button to then demote the Red Bull to fourth through Turns 2 and 3.

Button (McLaren) could not match Hamilton and Grosjean’s early pace, so the McLaren and Lotus pulled away in a two-car lead fight.

Hamilton had it under control, although Grosjean did ramp up the pressure for a while in the middle stint of their two-stop strategies when he was on softs and the Briton had medium Pirellis.

When Button made an early second of three stops, Vettel was free to start catching the leaders too, but in the end it was Raikkonen who emerged almost from nowhere to become Hamilton’s main challenger.

Raikkonen had been sixth in the opening stint, then passed Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari in the first stops. His strong late-stint pace on a long run on softs in his next stint then allowed him to lead for a spell and vault from fifth to second, firmly resisting team-mate Grosjean as he emerged from his final stop.

Hamilton and Raikkonen were then tied together until the flag, but there was nothing the Lotus could do to pass the McLaren.

Grosjean held on to third ahead of Vettel, who made a third pitstop without losing a place and charged back to attack the Lotus on fresh softs, to no avail.

Alonso calmly protected his championship lead on a tough day for Ferrari, finishing fifth. For a while it looked like main title rival Mark Webber would trim a little from Alonso’s cushion. The Australian jumped from 11th to seventh on lap one, then got ahead of Alonso at the second stops. But making a third tyre stop cost Webber and he fell to eighth.

Button’s three-stop plan was also unsuccessful, as his second stop left him trapped behind Bruno Senna for a spell. He got back in front of the Brazilian in the final tyre changes then chased Alonso home in sixth.

Senna resisted Webber for seventh, delivering one of his best drives of the season on a day when his Williams team-mate Pastor Maldonado lost ground at the start then received a drive-through penalty for barging Paul di Resta’s Force India aside in one of the race’s few concerted passing attempts.

Felipe Massa was ninth – four places but just a few seconds behind team-mate Alonso. Nico Rosberg salvaged a point for Mercedes as his team-mate Michael Schumacher endured one of his most depressing races in Formula 1. The seven-time champion was left on the grid in an aborted initial start, joined the race from the pits, received a pitlane speeding penalty, then retired from 18th late on.

PROVISIONAL RACE RESULTS

The Hungarian Grand Prix
Hungaroring, Hungary;
70 laps; 306.630km;
Weather: Sunny.

Classified:

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           +  1:03.600
14.  Perez         Sauber-Ferrari             +  1:04.400
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

Fastest lap: Vettel, 1:24.136

Not classified/retirements:

Driver        Team                         On lap
Karthikeyan   HRT-Cosworth                 63
Schumacher    Mercedes                     61


World Championship standings, round 11:                

Drivers:                    Constructors:             
 1.  Alonso       164        1.  Red Bull-Renault          246
 2.  Webber       124        2.  McLaren-Mercedes          193
 3.  Vettel       122        3.  Lotus-Renault             192
 4.  Hamilton     117        4.  Ferrari                   189
 5.  Raikkonen    116        5.  Mercedes                  106
 6.  Rosberg       77        6.  Sauber-Ferrari             80
 7.  Grosjean      76        7.  Williams-Renault           53
 8.  Button        76        8.  Force India-Mercedes       46
 9.  Perez         47        9.  Toro Rosso-Ferrari          6
10.  Kobayashi     33       
11.  Maldonado     29       
12.  Schumacher    29       
13.  Di Resta      27       
14.  Massa         25       
15.  Senna         24       
16.  Hulkenberg    19       
17.  Vergne         4       
18.  Ricciardo      2      

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