Date: 31st July 2011 at 7:23pm
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McLaren’s Jenson Button celebrated his 200th Formula 1 grid start with a win in the Hungary Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton’s excellent start saw him benefit early on from a mistake by Sebastien Vettel to take the lead, as light rain meant the drivers started on intermediate tyres.

Vettel was also passed by Jenson Button as McLaren proved their increased pace following Hamilton’s win last week with their 2 drivers at the front early on.

After a promising start for Lewis Hamilton, which saw him take a decent 8 second lead by lap 30, his race deteriorated later on, pitting 6 times thanks to some poor tyre-change decisions plus a drive-through penalty saw him finish 4th behind Button, Vettel and Alonso.

It was a missed opportunity for Hamilton, who had another opportunity to close the gap on World Championship leader Sebastien Vettel, but the German leaves Hungary with an even bigger lead from his rivals.

Nick Heidfeld’s Renault caught fire quickly after coming out of the pits and surprisingly there was no safety car needed.

Nico Rosberg started well, storming up to 4th in the first lap but he later finished 9th whilst his team-mate Michael Schumacher retired after a spin.

Hamilton must have been disappointed to finish his race in 4th when he should have won or at least came 2nd, but he admitted his team-mate Jenson Button deserved the victory:

‘Jenson was pushing me hard the whole race and the better man won today,’

‘I was struggling a lot with the graining on my left front tyres. I don’t know whether that was my fault by pushing too hard.’

‘It wasn’t necessarily the best call, but that’s motor racing. We can definitely say the team has done a fantastic job and for us to have been the most competitive cars this weekend means we go into the break in good spirits.’


Fernando Alonso’s consistency continued with a fourth consecutive podium finish. His Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa qualified quicker for the first time of the season but he found the conditions more difficult to cross the line in 6th, some 34 seconds behind Mark Webber.



 

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