Lewis vs Kimi Again and the 2012 Hungarian Grand Prix Results
*photo from F1 Fanatic blog
The Hungarian Grand Prix was dominated by Lewis Hamilton with a flawless finish. He got his game back after poor prior races. Lewis, resisted all the pressure being put on to him by Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen.
The race started with what seemed to be a "false start" for reasons yet unclear as of now. Michael Schumacher turned his engine off to preserve fuel which turned against him and cost him to the back of the grid for the restart.
From 70 laps, the race was cut to 69. Vettel passed for third when Jenson Button took advantage of Grosjean's close contact with Vettel.
Mark Webber made a great progress even if he started 11th on the grid. Kimi Raikkonen committed the same mistake when faced by a KERS problem twice now, the first from the Qualifying. Team decisions while the driver is already on the track are critical indeed.
Different teams, different strategies and the McLaren team thought of switching Button to a three-stop strategy. Vettel struggles to get a good spot on the track, later returned behind Button followed by Alonso.
Raikkonen took advantage over Alonso who resumed behind Perez yet after a stop.
Grosjean made a huge run going after Hamilton, but wasn't just quite enough as Lewis already set a great lead. Raikkonen on the other hand pitted later which resulted to him going more faster than Grosjean and went after Hamilton. “Kimi will be catching us with fresher tyres but it’s hard to overtake here,” “We can do this.”
With 10 laps to go, Raikkonen told his team that the only way he wins is that if something goes wrong with Lewis' tires.
Hamilton was greeted first by the chequered flag, his second win in this season for 2012. It is however Lewis' 3rd victory overall at the Hungarian track.
Result of 2012 Hungarian Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes)
Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus-Renault)
Romain Grosjean (Lotus-Renault)
Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull-Renault)
Fernando Alonso (Ferraro)
Jenson Button (McLaren-Mercedes)
Bruno Senna (Williams-Renault)
Mark Webber (Red Bull-Renault)
Felipe Massa (Ferrari)
Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
Nico Hulkenberg (Force India-Mercedes)
Paul di Resta (Force India-Mercedes)
Pastor Maldonado (Williams-Renault)
Sergio Perez (Sauber-Ferrari)
Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso-Ferrari)
Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso-Ferrari)
Heikki Kovalainen (Caterham-Renault)
Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber-Ferrari)
Vitaly Petrov (Caterham-Renault)
Charles Pic (Marussia-Cosworth)
Timo Glock (Marussia-Cosworth)
Pedro de la Rosa (HRT-Cosworth)
*Narain Karthikeyan (HRT-Cosworth) suspension
*Michael Schumacher (Mercedes) retired