Heikki wins Hungarian Grand Prix

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In a race that saw both title contenders see their share of misfortune, Heikki Kovalainen wins his first Grand Prix for McLaren.It what looked like sure victory from a surprisingly quick Felipe Massa but with 3 laps remaining, his Ferrari stopped on the front straight leaving him bereft of a points haul and title leading performance.  Lewis Hamilton seemed stymied by the quick Ferrari at the beginning and found his own trouble when he ran afoul of a flat front tire leaving him off the podium but still in the drivers championship lead due to Massa’s retirement.

As fate would ahve it, even when Lewis has had trouble he seems to be relatively unharmed and able to absorb the set back as Ferrari has failed to maximize on the opportunities.

Heikki drove a great race but more importantly was there in the end.  He did exactly what McLaren needed him to do as a number two driver when your number one guys fails to take the win.

The honorable mentions has to be to Toyota and Timo Glock for a fantastic second place finish.  The beleagured team needed this result and will hopefully take this to Valencia which is a complete unkown track for all the teams.  Perhaps Toyota can repeat the magic.

Kimi?  Hmmm.  I’ll get back to you on that.  Not sure what is happening there.

Pos  Driver        Team                      Time
1.  Kovalainen    McLaren-Mercedes      (B)  1h37:27.067
2.  Glock         Toyota                (B)  +    11.061
3.  Raikkonen     Ferrari               (B)  +    16.856
4.  Alonso        Renault               (B)  +    21.614
5.  Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes      (B)  +    23.048
6.  Piquet        Renault               (B)  +    32.298
7.  Trulli        Toyota                (B)  +    36.449
8.  Kubica        BMW Sauber            (B)  +    48.321
9.  Webber        Red Bull-Renault      (B)  +    58.834
10.  Heidfeld      BMW Sauber            (B)  +  1:07.709
11.  Coulthard     Red Bull-Renault      (B)  +  1:10.407
12.  Button        Honda                 (B)  +     1 lap
13.  Nakajima      Williams-Toyota       (B)  +     1 lap
14.  Rosberg       Williams-Toyota       (B)  +     1 lap
15.  Fisichella    Force India-Ferrari   (B)  +     1 lap
16.  Barrichello   Honda                 (B)  +    2 laps
17.  Bourdais      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B)  +    3 laps
18.  Massa         Ferrari               (B)  +    3 laps

Fastest lap: Raikkonen, 1:21.195

Not classified/retirements:

Driver        Team                      On lap
Sutil         Force India-Ferrari   (B)    63
Vettel        Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B)    23


World Championship standings, round 11:

Drivers:                    Constructors:             
1.  Hamilton      62        1.  Ferrari               111
2.  Raikkonen     57        2.  McLaren-Mercedes      100
3.  Massa         54        3.  BMW Sauber             90
4.  Kubica        49        4.  Toyota                 35
5.  Heidfeld      41        5.  Renault                31
6.  Kovalainen    38        6.  Red Bull-Renault       24
7.  Trulli        22        7.  Williams-Toyota        16
8.  Alonso        18        8.  Honda                  14
9.  Webber        18        9.  Toro Rosso-Ferrari      8
10.  Glock         13
11.  Piquet        13
12.  Barrichello   11
13.  Rosberg        8
14.  Nakajima       8
15.  Vettel         6
16.  Coulthard      6
17.  Button         3
18.  Bourdais       2

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