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Hamilton Holds On To Win In Hungary

Lewis Hamilton gave his title hopes a massive boost this Sunday, by winning the Hungarian Grand Prix. The McLaren driver believes this triumph could be the turning point which sees him on his way to overtaking Fernando Alonso and becoming Grand Prix champion, with nine races of the season to go.

Hamilton started from pole and held on to secure victory. This is despite tough completion from the Lotus double act of Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen and his Swiss team mate Romain Grosjean. They kept the pressure on the Brit throughout the steady Formula 1 Eni Magyar Nagydij 2012, at the Hungaroring circuit in Budapest.

This was the race which saw the McLaren team’s upgraded MP4-27 challenger being put through its paces. It is a car with the noted “gradual” sloping nose, instead of the conventional “platypus” nose. Hamilton, however, kept his nose ahead of his nearest rivals to win his second race of the season. The McLaren team’s tactics though didn’t sit too well with Hamilton’s compatriot Jenson Button. He felt he may have been called into the pits prematurely. Could this have contributed to the Brit finishing the race in sixth place?

Kimi Raikkonen ended up coming in second place, ahead of his team mate Grosjean. The man currently at third place in the standings, Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, had to settle for fourth spot in Hungary. While the racer still topping the leader board, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, closed up the top five in fifth.

It is now on to the next race of the 2012 season, the Shell Belgian Grand Prix. But it is not until over a month from now, after the driver’s August break. The Grand Prix will then reconvene on the 31st of August, at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.

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