Hungarian GP as it happened

Text commentary of the Hungarian Grand Prix, where McLaren's Lewis Hamilton wins from pole to flag.

29 July 2012 Last updated at 19:57

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  1. 1600: 

    Well that's it from me. Thanks for your company over the weekend, as well as your contributions. Enjoy the summer break and please do join us again for live text and audio commentary of fans' and drivers' favourite the Belgian Grand Prix from Spa. Bye for now.


    Anthony Wood on Twitter: "Hoping Lewis Hamilton will be able to make more ground up on Fernando Alonso and take the championship battle to the wire. Great win today!"

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    The season resumes on 31 August with the Belgian Grand Prix and the whole race weekend will be shown live on BBC One, with commentary on BBC Radio 5 live and 5 live Sports Extra.

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    Right, that is that for Formula 1 for a few weeks, meaning you can get back to watching the Olympics. Before you do though, be sure to catch the highlights of today's race on BBC One and HD or on the Sport website at 17:00 BST.


    Adam C on Twitter: "Kimi Raikkonen looking more and more like a dark horse for the championship- not far off despite not having a victory yet."

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    That was Lewis Hamilton's third win in Budapest and his 19th in 101 Formula 1 grand prix races. The Briton climbs up to fourth in the championship, 47 points behind Fernando Alonso. It certainly promises to be a very exciting second half of the season and you wouldn't bet against things going right down to the wire, would you?

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    A valiant drive from Romain Grosjean but the Frenchman fell just short for the third time this season. Two Lotus' on the podium is a great result for the team, though.


    Alex Withington on Twitter: "Well happy with today's win for Lewis Hamilton - going to be a compelling final 1/3 of the season between Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari and Lotus."

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    If you missed any of the action, we'll have video highlights on the website and a highlights package on BBC One at 17:00 BST.

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    Force India on Twitter: "Points just out of reach today after a tough Hungarian GP. Nico Hulkenberg P11 & Paul Di Resta P12. Car did have pace but difficult to show it on this track."


    Kristy Barber on Twitter: "Well done great race Lewis Hamilton! Held off Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean, but great performance from Lotus."

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    And here are the top five team standings:

    1) Red Bull 246

    2) McLaren 193

    3) Lotus 192

    4) Ferrari 189

    5) Mercedes 106

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    Here are the top eight drivers:

    1) Fernando Alonso 164 2) Mark Webber 124

    3) Sebastian Vettel 122 4) Lewis Hamilton 117

    5) Kimi Raikkonen 116 6) Nico Rosberg 77

    7) Jenson Button 76 8) Romain Grosjean 76

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    So there we have it. Lewis Hamilton wins the Hungarian Grand Prix from pole, as he did back in 2007. Just the tonic for McLaren as Formula 1 heads into the summer break. No 31st Grand Prix win on his 31st birthday for Fernando Alonso, but he has extended his championship lead and he will likely be happy with that. Not so much joy for Red Bull, though, as they finished without a driver on the podium.

  15. 1509: 

    A report on Lewis Hamilton's second Grand Prix win of the season by chief F1 writer Andrew Benson is now on the site.


    Sarah Wyatt on Twitter: "Great race from Lewis Hamilton. Great podium line up. Can't wait for Belgium GP, I will be there trackside cheering on."

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    Mercedes AG team on Twitter: "End of a tough weekend for us. Nico salvaged a point with his 10th place. After an issue on the starting grid & a drive though, Michael DNF"


    Graham Holden on Twitter: "Top drive by Lewis Hamilton, hopefully back in with a shout for the championship!"

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    And here's the rest of the field:

    11. Hulkenberg 12. Di Resta 13. Maldonado 14. Perez 15. Ricciardo 16. Vergne 17. Kovalainen 18. Kobayashi 19. Petrov 20. Pic 21. Glock 22 De La Rosa Retired: Karthikeyan, Schumacher

  20. 1502: 

    So here is how they finished:

    1. Hamilton 2. Raikkonen 3. Grosjean 4. Vettel 5. Alonso 6. Button 7. Senna 8. Webber 9. Massa 10. Rosberg

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    Lotus driver Romain Grosjean who finished third: "It was a fantastic race and we were fighting for the win but we wanted to get back onto the podium with the two cars and that's what we did. It was a tough race but we enjoyed it and I hope next time we will get the win."

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    More from Lewis Hamilton: "I am looking forward to the continuation of the championship. A long way to go and a lot of work to do but we have shown we can compete. It is very, very close but we are going to give it all we can."

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    Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen who finished second: "We came second, it's not enough but we had some problems with the Kers. We had some speed and we'll try to win the next race. At least we are up there all the time and we put ourselves in a good position but we are not happy until we win."

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    Lewis Hamilton, speaking on the podium after winning the Hungarian Grand Prix: "An amazing day, fantastic work by all the team and the fans have been fantastic. Thank you for having us."

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    Sam Michaels to Lewis Hamilton: "Some fantastic time management there Lewis listening to us." Lewis: "You don't trust me? Michaels: "No, I trust you it's just a team thing."

  26. 1454: 

    Anthony Hamilton, Lewis' father, is absolutely beaming as the national anthem is played and his son lifts aloft the Hungarian GP trophy.

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    Winner Lewis Hamilton to second-placed Kimi Raikkonen prior to making their way up to the podium: "It's just like old times Kimi."

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    Lewis Hamilton is told his drive was magnificent over the team radio, to which the Briton responds by praising the "amazing job" of the team


    Fantastic weekend for Lewis Hamilton, who has been dominant throughout. He'd probably have liked this result in his 100th Grand Prix last weekend, but hey, I doubt he is complaining too much.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "All the way through the weekend he looked like the man most likely to be on pole - in Budapest that is not usually a good thing but today it worked out fantastic for Lewis."

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    Sebastian Vettel finishes fourth while championship leader Fernando Alonso claims fifth. Jenson Button crosses the line sixth in his McLaren, with Bruno Senna, Mark Webber, Felipe Massa and Nico Rosberg completing the top 10.

    LAP 69

    No concerns over those tyres for Lewis Hamilton as he holds off Kimi Raikkonen to record his second win of the season. Raikkonen finishes second, with his Lotus team-mate Romain Grosjean third.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Hamilton has had a good weekend, a fantastic qualiafying, and he's just controlled this race from start to finish, he made those tyres last the distance."

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    LAP 68

    Sebastian Vettel's winless July run will continue and it looks like he will also miss out on a podium finish here. Romain Grosjean looks to have done just enough to ensure he will be on the podium with the gap between the two 3.4 seconds.

    LAP 67

    Yellow flags at Turn 4 until the end of the race after Narain Karthikeyan parked his HRT. Lewis Hamilton's gap has increased slightly and he leads Kimi Raikkonen by 1.2 seconds. The McLaren driver is looking good for a third win here...

    LAP 66

    A fourth pit stop of the afternoon for Jean-Eric Vergne. Meanwhile, Romain Grosjean must be getting nervous as Sebastian Vettel continues to hunt him down in a battle for third. That gap is now 8.8 seconds.

    LAP 65

    Bruno Senna is holding onto seventh ahead of Mark Webber, although the Australian is just 0.7 seconds behind and ready to pounce at any opportunity. Narain Karthikeyan has pulled over at the side of the track after suffering left-front suspension damage.

    LAP 63

    Sebastian Vettel is flying but is running out of laps to eat into Romain Grosjean's advantage and snatch a place on the podium. He is 12.3 seconds behind.

    LAP 62

    Jenson Button is closing that gap on Fernando Alonso, with the McLaren 0.8 seconds behind the championship leader in sixth. The race is coming back to him on that fresher rubber.

    LAP 61

    Sebastian Vettel is reaping the benefits of fresh rubber as he clocks the fastest lap in his pursuit of Romain Grosjean, but the gap is 17 seconds at the moment. At the front, Lewis Hamilton heads Kimi Raikkonen by 0.8 seconds.

    LAP 60

    Michael Schumacher has given it all he can as he is wheeled back into the garage to retire. A shame for Schumacher, who has won here four times previously. Those days seem like a long, long time ago now - especially as his is the only car to retire so far. Meanwhile, Mark Webber is struggling to make ground on Bruno Senna in eighth.


    Kimi Raikkonen on team radio: "My only hope of getting past is if Hamilton's rear tyres go away from him."

    Gary Anderson, BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson

    "Once you get within one second of the car in front you get effected by that car's turbulance and you lose your speed, so if you have that confidence back off a bit and charge at him again."


    RACE UPDATE: Hamilton leads Raikkonen by a second after the Iceman's brave move over team-mate Grosjean. Button down to fifth after three stops. Grosjean third now. All cars still running. 1 Hamilton 2 Raikkonen 3 Grosjean 4 Vettel 5 Alonso 6 Button 7 Senna 8 Webber 9 Massa 10 Rosberg.

    LAP 59

    Sebastian Vettel heads to the pits for his third stop, switches to the soft and is back out for a final push without losing his third place. Clever, but Fernando Alonso is right behind him now and looks to steal ahead of the Red Bull with a very aggressive move. Vettel holds him off on cold rubber... just!

    LAP 57

    Looks like tyre wear could be crucial in the final few laps of this race. Lewis Hamilton is in control, but with the gap between himself and Kimi Raikkonen just 0.9 seconds, the conditions of the respective drivers' tyres could prove crucial.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "This could be an opportunity for Raikkonen if the Lotus catches up to some traffic that could be the opportunity that he has been waiting for to catch Hamilton."

    LAP 56

    Mark Webber pits from fifth, pops on a set of softs and rejoins in eighth. He will now be looking to get the better of Bruno Senna, Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso in these remaining laps. Could be a good call for fresh rubber, but it's so difficult to overtake.

    LAP 55

    A place on the podium could even be in danger for Romain Grosjean, with the Frenchman now in the sights of Sebastian Vettel. Meanwhile, Jenson Button is in a battle with Bruno Senna to hold onto seventh, the gap between the two is 1.5 seconds.

    LAP 54

    Romain Grosjean maybe wants this too much as he cuts across the chicane, costing him a bit of time on his Lotus team-mate Kimi Raikkonen. The Finn, meanwhile, is right on Lewis Hamilton.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "We have the inter-team battle for Lotus and we have the individual battle for victory now."

    LAP 53

    Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean are clearly both eyeing victory here. The Lotuses are proving to be so strong in the swealtering Hungarian heat. Grosjean trails his team-mate by 2.4 seconds. Vitaly Petrov pits while Pastor Maldonado serves his drive-through penalty.

    Jaime Alguersuari, BBC Radio 5 live analyst

    "I think Raikkonen will win this race. He is on a fresh set of tyres, he is four tenths every sector difference over Hamilton. I think he can do it. Lotus have run a really good strategy of going on free air."

    LAP 52

    Pastor Maldonado is handed a drive-through penalty for his part in that tussle with Paul Di Resta. Michael Schumacher is clearly determined to finish this race as strongly as possible and the German posts his best lap so far. He is still down in 18th place though. So not that strongly.

    LAP 51

    That tussle between Pastor Maldonado and Paul Di Resta has not gone unnoticed and the incident is under investigation by the stewards. Kimi Raikkonen is firmly on Lewis Hamilton's coat-tails, just 1.3 seconds behind.

    LAP 50

    That gap at the front is down to 2.6 seconds. Lewis Hamilton is informed that all his rivals have made their final stops and this is now a battle to the end. Romain Grosjean is third, with Sebastian Vettel chomping at the Frenchman's heels in fourth.

    LAP 49

    Pastor Maldonado has his eye on a place in the top 10 as he battles with the Force India of Paul Di Resta. He barges his way past the Scot at Turn 12 to move into 12th. Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton is warned that Kimi Raikkonen is making ground on the McLaren at the front...

    Gary Anderson, BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson

    "Webber is on the soft tyre he put it on 29 laps before the end of the race, Alonso has put the hard tyres on 25 laps to the end, it's anyone's really."

    LAP 48

    Mark Webber, who started this race down in 11th, is up to fifth now on the soft. The Australian trails team-mate Sebastian Vettel by 8.5 seconds, with Jenson Button behind him.

    LAP 47

    Jenson Button is back in the pits as a problem with the left-front results in a longer stop than the Briton would have liked. Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton is 4.4 seconds clear of Kimi Raikkonen. There's a fascinating tussle in prospect as we head into the latter stages of this race.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Brilliant wheel-to-wheel racing with the Lotus team-mates. I suspect Raikkonen released some Kers in the process, but what a big result for him jumping from fourth to second."

    LAP 46

    Kimi Raikkonen is urged for one big push before he pits from the lead. He comes in for his 3.3-second stop, and shoots back out of the pits side-by-side with his Lotus team-mate Romain Grosjean. They go into Turn 1 wheel-to-wheel before the Finn muscles his way past. He wants this! Grosjean is furious!

    LAP 44

    A flurry of pit stops as Fernando Alonso heads in, quickly followed by his team-mate Felipe Massa and the HRT of Pedro de la Rosa. Alonso is back out on the medium compound and resumes ahead of Bruno Senna in P7.

    LAP 43

    Lewis Hamilton, who is told of the intention to run until the end of the race over team radio, is 14.1 seconds behind Kimi Raikkonen. Jenson Button's super frustrating battle with Bruno Senna finally ends after the Brazilian pits from seventh.

    LAP 42

    Fernando Alonso is third but, like Kimi Raikkonen, has only pitted once. These two could gain places from staying out. Nico Rosberg climbs to 10th after Pastor Maldonado pits from that position.

    LAP 41

    Lewis Hamilton dives into the pits after setting a personal best middle sector. He is back out the medium and resumes ahead of Romain Grosjean. Kimi Raikkonen leads but has yet to head in for his second pit stop.

    LAP 40

    Lewis Hamilton's lead at the front has been cut due to traffic and the McLaren driver complains over team radio: "Charlie [Whiting, race director] these guys are not getting out of the damn way." Mark Webber heads into the pits to switch to the softs for his final stint.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Vettel is out on the new set of primes, technically he could go to the end of this race on those tyres, he's got track position now too."

    LAP 39

    Sebastian Vettel heads to the pits to take the medium compound and he resumes ahead of Bruno Senna and Jenson Button. Smart call by Red Bull.

    LAP 38

    Jenson Button is trying to make a move on Bruno Senna but is struggling to find a way past. He's going to lose out on a podium if he doesn't get a move on. Kimi Raikkonen is drawing up on Sebastian Vettel while Lewis Hamilton leads Romain Grosjean by 0.7 seconds at the front.


    Lotus team on Twitter: "Kimi's KERS is working, was just a bit fussy first thing. We all know people like that..."

    LAP 37

    Sergio Perez, in 14th, runs wide at Turn 11 but resumes without any bother. Meanwhile, Kimi Raikkonen is the fastest man on the track as the 2005 Hungary GP winner clocks 1:26.365 and is in fourth.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "If Vettel pits and puts on another set of options we know he'll have to stop again, but he could eek it out until the end too."


    Lotus team on Twitter: "A little bit wide and some marble action compromised @RGrosjean, now has to catch Lewis again #HungaroKings"

    Gary Anderson, BBC F1 technical analyst

    "They are going to try something different with Vettel, Webber's done soft and soft tyres whereas Vettel has done soft and medium tyres, whether there's been a problem other than that I don't know but there will be a battle in the last 10 laps."

    LAP 36

    Jenson Button has pitted to switch to softs and after a blistering 2.8-second stop he rejoins in eighth. Sebastian Vettel sets the fastest lap. The champion's on a charge...

    LAP 35

    Mark Webber, in seventh, is told over team radio that he is racing with Bruno Senna and Fernando Alonso. Now that cryptic message of "plan B" is relayed to Lewis Hamilton and the race leader responds: "OK I hear ya".

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "It may look as though there is not a lot of action going on at the moment but for me it's really exciting. This is like a game of chess now, there's not a lot of wheel-to-wheel action but it's all about team management. You have to remember that you're not wrong when they implement any changes, they are only wrong when it comes to hindsight."

    Jennie Gow, BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

    "It looks like Romain Grosjean is losing his back tyres."

    LAP 34

    Romain Grosjean is really giving it his all in his pursuit of Lewis Hamilton, so much so that he has run off the track a couple of times. Meanwhile Jenson Button continues to hold off Sebastian Vettel in third.


    Sebastian Vettel is continuing his pursuit of Jenson Button and he says on team radio: "Just do something." Race engineer responds: "There are cars behind, Sebastian, we can't just do anything. We're looking into it."

    LAP 33

    DRS is now available for Romain Grosjean to aid in his pursuit of Lewis Hamilton. That ever-changing gap at the front is now 0.9 seconds. Meanwhile, Jenson Button is told over the radio by McLaren to move to "plan B"

    LAP 32

    Jean-Eric Vergne heads to the pits for his second stop and he rejoins in 20th place, behind Michael Schumacher and Vitaly Petrov.


    Sebastian Vettel on team radio: "I can go much faster than him [Button] so do something."

    LAP 31

    Jenson Button continues to hold off Sebastian Vettel in third. The McLarens are looking strong at the moment, but Vettel is convinced he can go faster than Button. He frantically urges his team to do something.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Grosjean appears to have managed to stabilise his pace now after a couple of mistakes that have slowed him down. That just shows the difference between the experience of Hamilton, who's won grand prix and F1 championships and Grosjean who may have got a bit overexcited and slipped back for a time."

    LAP 29

    Lotus tell Kimi Raikkonen he needs to make this stint a long one. The Finn is in fifth, five seconds behind Sebastian Vettel. Romain Grosjean is creeping up again on Lewis Hamilton, the gap is 1.2 seconds at the moment.

    LAP 28

    Lots of rubber being deposited on the circuit now as the tyres start to wear. There's a gap developing between Felipe Massa and Bruno Senna. Massa, in ninth, is over six seconds behind Senna.

    Lap 27

    Looks like Romain Grosjean could have cooked his softs following a slow lap. Lewis Hamilton's lead is now 2.4 seconds. The McLaren driver is in control at the moment.


    RACE UPDATE: Hamilton leads, defending against Grosjean at 1.7 secs. Button third, but defending against Vettel at 0.8 secs. All cars still running. 1 Hamilton 2 Grosjean 3 Button 4 Vettel 5 Raikkonen 6 Alonso 7 Webber 8 Senna 9 Massa 10 Rosberg.

    LAP 26

    Lots of little battles developing now with Hamilton-Grosjean, Button-Vettel and further down the field Di Resta is looking to get past Madonado in 12.

    Gary Anderson, BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson

    "I think Lotus are trying to win this race, for sure the Lotus is the best on these soft tyres and it's definitely working for them at the moment."

    LAP 25

    Romain Grosjean is now 0.9 seconds behind Lewis Hamilton, while Sebastian Vettel is in a scrap with Jenson Button for third.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Hamilton's team are giving him a kind of 'don't panic, be aware Grosjean is catching you' message and again the Lotus has gone faster and got the gap down to 1.3 seconds."

    LAP 24

    That gap is now down to 1.3 seconds at the front, with Romain Grosjean really going for it. Lewis Hamilton can see the Frenchman in his mirrors and looks to respond to the pace of the Lotus.

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    LAP 23

    Romain Grosjean is fast out there at the moment and is starting to close the gap on Lewis Hamilton a little. Sergio Perez pits, leaving only Pedro de la Rosa to come in.

    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer

    "They call this time of year in F1 the 'silly season', when rumours about which drivers will race for which team the following year. It is living up to its name this weekend, with speculation centring on Ferrari. The big rumour to emerge on race day was the Sunday Times reporting Ferrari are interested in taking Kimi Raikkonen back alongside Fernando Alonso next year. Yes, this is the same Kimi Raikkonen who Ferrari paid not to drive for them in 2010, preferring to keep Massa alongside then-new-boy Alonso. An unimpeachable source close to Ferrari tells me the story is 'rubbish' and Raikkonen is not on their list."

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    LAP 22

    Lewis Hamilton leads the race by 2.6 seconds from Romain Grosjean. Hamilton on the medium and Grosjean on the soft compound.


    Sauber team on Twitter: "#Kamui after his first pit stop with strong lap times. Will probably be a long stint with his new medium tyres. push, push, #Kamui!"

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    LAP 21

    Fernando Alonso gets ahead of Sergio Perez, who is yet to pit, and the Spaniard is up to seventh. Kimi Raikkonen and Mark Webber make their first stops.

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    LAP 20

    Same story for Romain Grosjean. He heads into the pits for his first stop and also suffers a delay in getting back on the circuit and Hamilton gets back ahead of the Lotus man.

  103. 1333: 
    LAP 19

    Lewis Hamilton heads in for his first pit stop to change to the medium compound but it is not a clean getaway for the McLaren, it could prove costly for the Briton...


    Jenson Button's race engineer: "Jenson let's use this free air and get clear of Vettel."

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    LAP 18

    Sebastian Vettel heads to the pits, as does Fernando Alonso. Jenson Button leaps ahead of Vettel as a result.


    Craig Benson on Twitter: "Oh my goodness! Is it really true? Are the HRTs not actually last?"

  107. 1330: 
    LAP 17

    Jenson Button is back out on the medium compound and he rejoins in P10. Nico Hulkenberg and Pastor Maldonado have also pitted to swap to medium tyres.

  108. 1328: 
    LAP 16

    Jenson Button runs off at Turn 4 with an oversteer moment, he subsequently pits his McLaren. A few others decide to pit as well.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "It wouldn't be a silly suggestion for Kimi Raikkonen to go back to Ferrari, I don't think it would raise too many eyebrows both in F1 and outside. If Ferrari want to win championships they need two number one [drivers] and at the moment they only have one."

  110. 1327: 
    LAP 15

    Jean-Eric Vergne rejoins in 20th. Mark Webber continues to hold onto seventh, with Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso ahead of the Australian.

  111. 1325: 
    LAP 14

    Jenson Button's pace is dropping a bit after a great start and Sebastian Vettel has the McLaren driver in his sights. A good lap from Romain Grosjean as he reduces the gap at the front to 2.4 seconds.

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    LAP 13

    That gap continues to increase at the front with Lewis Hamilton 2.7 seconds ahead of Romain Grosjean now. Jean-Eric Vergne pits from 17th in his Toro Rosso.

  113. 1324: 
    LAP 12

    Michael Schumacher records his best lap time so far while Fernando Alonso is 11.6 seconds behind leader Lewis Hamilton in fifth. Hamilton has improved his advantage over Romain Grosjean to 2.5 seconds.


    Mercedes AMG F1 team on Twitter: "Most teams will now enter a 'push but look after the tyres' mode #F1 #Hungary"

  115. 1323: 

    RACE UPDATE: Hamilton leads Grosjean by 2.1 secs. Button up to third. Schumacher last after his engine cut out on the grid. All cars still running. 1 Hamilton 2 Grosjean 3 Button 4 Vettel 5 Alonso 6 Raikkonen 7 Webber 8 Senna 9 Massa 10 Hulkenberg.

  116. 1322: 
    LAP 11

    Kamui Kobayashi rejoins after pitting for a fresh set of tyres. The Japanese is on the move as he moves past Narain Karthikeyan into 21st.

  117. 1321: 
    LAP 10

    Michael Schumacher is still in 24th following his hugely disappointing start. The German is seven seconds behind Timo Glock.

    Gary Anderson, BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson

    "The lap times are starting to stabilise so I do think the soft tyres are beginning to fall away now. It's going to get interesting in the next couple of laps as to who will decide to come in."


    Jenson Button team radio: "Do you know how close Sebastian is in the last sector?" Race engineer: "Currently 1.3 seconds ahead and we're pulling away."

  120. 1318: 

    Little between Romain Grosjean and Lewis Hamilton in terms of pace at the front. Hamilton is still 2.1 seconds ahead of Grosjean. Towards the back of the field, Kamui Kobayashi is looking to find a way past Vitaly Petrov in 18th.

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    Mark Webber told over team radio that Fernando Alonso may be saving his tyres. Webber remains seventh after his superb start, but Bruno Senna is lurking about a second behind the Australian.

    Gary Anderson, BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson

    "Michael came in at the end of the first lap to change to the medium tyres and that seems to have worked for him and he's now catching up to the other cars. At the front most drivers will be happy that Mark Webber started on the medium tyre so they can compare if this medium tyre is the right one to use in these conditions."

  123. 1316: 

    Michael Schumacher has served his drive-through penalty and has rejoined the race. He is making ground on the slower cars at the back. Jenson Button is being chased by Sebastian Vettel, with Fernando Alonso 2.5 seconds behind Vettel in fifth.

  124. 1314: 

    Fernando Alonso is up to fifth as Lewis Hamilton continues to stretch his lead at the front, although Romain Grosjean has just recorded the fastest lap...

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "It's ideal conditions for racing today, but they're running about nine seconds slower than they did in qualifying and that's because they're just fat with fuel. One second slower feels slower for F1 drivers, I can't imagine what nine seconds feels like."

  126. 1311: 

    Things just get worse for poor Michael Schumacher as he is handed a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pitlane. Just seeing replays of the start and it was great stuff from Lewis Hamilton. He was straight off.

  127. 1311: 

    DRS is now enabled as Lewis Hamilton increased his lead at the front. Romain Grosjean is second, with Jenson Button third and Sebastian Vettel fourth.

  128. 1310: 

    Michael Schumacher started in the pitlane and was back into the pits at the end of the first lap. Schumacher is also under investigation for speeding in the pit lane.

  129. 1308: 

    Lewis Hamilton leads Romain Grosjean by 1.4 seconds while Mark Webber is up to seventh from 11th.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "That was great effective driving from Jenson, he saw the opportunity and pounced in turn two."

  131. 1306: 

    Lewis Hamilton leads but superb stuff from his team-mate Jenson Button as he climbs straight up into third place.

  132. 1306: 
    GO! GO! GO!


  133. 1305: 

    The field heads back out for a second formation lap as the Mercedes mechanics work on Schumacher's car.

  134. 1304: 

    The start of the Hungarian Grand Prix has been aborted as Michael Schumacher is wheeled back to the pits with a problem with his Mercedes....

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "The chances of rain look as though it's going away so it's setting it up for a fantastic race. It looks if anything that it's going to be perfect conditions for the pole-sitter."

  136. 1300: 

    The top 10 start on the soft compund tyre as the drivers head out on the formation lap.

    Jennie Gow, BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

    "Track temperature is 45 degrees, but some of the guys tell me that if it exceeds 50 degrees then that could be a real problem for the tyres."

  138. 1258: 

    Just a few minutes now until lights out. It is going to be very hot for the drivers, with air temperature 30 degrees Celsius and track temperature 45 degrees.


    The Grandstands are absolutely packed here at Hungaroring, despite the baking heat. Hopefully no-one has forgotten to bring their suncream...


    Stephen Poulton on Twitter: "McLaren 1-2 please. Button P1, Hamilton P2, Grosjean P3."

  141. 1254:  
    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer

    "Romain Grosjean's first big tests is not to crash or go off on the first lap - as he has done in six of the 10 races so far this year. Even if he manages that, in the dry Lotus are not that confident of being able to beat Hamilton - although they expect to close the gap a little, they reckon 0.4secs is too much."

  142. 1254: 

    It was a great day for Romain Grosjean yesterday as he was second fastest in qualifying. Here is what chief F1 writer Andrew Benson thinks of his chances of scoring a victory today.

  143. 1249: 

    A quick look at the form guide so far this season as the drivers prepare to get into their cars with little over 10 minutes until we are racing.

    2012 winners:

    Australia - Jenson Button (McLaren)

    Malaysia - Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)

    China - Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)

    Bahrain - Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)

    Spain - Pastor Maldonado (Williams)

    Monaco - Mark Webber (Red Bull)

    Canada - Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)

    Europe - Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)

    Britain - Mark Webber (Red Bull)

    Germany - Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)

  144. 1246: 

    F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone is having a stroll down the grid. It really is baking hot and Sergio Perez wipes away a bead of sweat from his neck as he seeks refuge from the glare of the sun under an umbrella.


    Mark on Twitter: "Looking forward to lights out! Sorry London but Hungary is where the real action is at! McLaren 1-2 please!"

  146. 1240: 

    A reminder that Sebastian Vettel has yet to win a Formula 1 race in July. The Red Bull driver has won in every other month that a race is held in. Will this be the day he changes that record?

  147. 1238: 


    1) Fernando Alonso - Ferrari - 154 points

    2) Mark Webber - Red Bull - 120

    3) Sebastian Vettel - Red Bull - 110

    4) Kimi Raikkonen - Lotus - 98

    5) Lewis Hamilton - McLaren - 92

    6) Nico Rosberg - Mercedes - 76


    1) Red Bull - 230 points

    2) Ferrari - 177

    3) McLaren - 160

    4) Lotus - 159

    5) Mercedes - 105


    Sauber on Twitter: "Due to changeable weather conditions on Friday we have no experience with how the tyres behave on high fuel load and long distances..."


    Andy on Twitter: "Watch out for Jenson Button beating Sebastian Vettel off the grid, Not much chance to overtake so weather will be big factor."

  150. 1233:  
    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer

    "There is the possibility of rain in the race - some teams think it will definitely rain; others that it probably will - and that would as usual throw the result wide open. If it happens, it would probably turn things in favour of that man Fernando Alonso, whose Ferrari has proved to be very good in the rain all year. And he knows it. 'We know rain can change everything,' said the Spaniard, whose 31st birthday it is, incidentally."

  151. 1232: 

    The pit lane is open at Hungaroring and the drivers will soon head out for their preparation laps. Not a cloud to be seen at the moment but as mentioned earlier, that could change at any moment.

  152. 1231: 

    Venue: Hungaroring, Budapest. Laps: 70 Circuit length: 4.381km/2.722 miles. Race distance: 306.630km/190.530miles Number of corners: 14 Average lap speed: 196kph (121.79mph)

  153. 1229:  
    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer

    "Mark Webber finds himself down in 11th place after not being happy with the balance of his Red Bull in qualifying. But it does open up some strategic possibilities for him in the race. He has free choice of tyres at the start and if it's dry he could start on the harder 'medium' tyre. He can run that longer, and then if it rains he wouldn't have to use the 'soft' at all."

  154. 1227: 

    Mark Webber, who won the Hungarian Grand Prix two years ago, has plenty of work to do today. The Australian lines up 11th on the grid, but he will be determined to pick up some decent points to try and close that gap on championship leader Fernando Alonso.

  155. 1224: 

    The McLaren pair of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button are showing their support for the Olympics today. Both have 'Team GB' on their helmets, while Hamilton also has Team Grenada on there, in recognition of where his grandparents hail from.


    FollowThoseCars on Twitter: "I will go with 1. Alonso, 2. Hamilton and 3. Vettel."

  157. 1221: 
    THE GRID 13-24

    13. Nico Rosberg 14. Sergio Perez

    15. Kamui Kobayashi 16. Jean-Eric Vergne

    17. Michael Schumacher 18. Daniel Ricciardo

    19. Heikki Kovalainen 20. Vitaly Petrov

    21. Charles Pic 22. Timo Glock

    23. Pedro de la Rosa 24. Narain Karthikeyan

  158. 1220: 
    THE GRID 1-12

    1. Lewis Hamilton 2. Romain Grosjean

    3. Sebastian Vettel 4. Jenson Button

    5. Kimi Raikkonen 6. Fernando Alonso

    7. Felipe Massa 8. Pastor Maldonado

    9. Bruno Senna 10. Nico Hulkenberg

    11. Mark Webber 12. Paul Di Resta

  159. 1219: 

    Just over 40 minutes before the Hungarian Grand Prix begins then, let's have a look at how the drivers will line up...


    Rachel Nicholson on Twitter: "Happy Birthday Fernando Alonso! Can we get another Ferrari win before the summer break? Yes we can!"

  161. 1215:  
    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer

    "Lewis Hamilton has had a rough few races since winning in Canada in mid-June, but at the Hungaroring on Sunday he is presented with a great chance to get his season back on track. Starting from pole, and with a margin of nearly 0.5 seconds, after two laps quick enough to be there, even some of Hamilton's rivals are admitting he looks unbeatable. But the weather is unsettled and thunderstorms might hit during the race. The Lotus cars look strong, and Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel will be determined to win to bury all the bad publicity his team has received in recent days. Forget the Olympics for the next little while, the Hungarian Grand Prix quite a prospect."

  162. 1212: 

    Right, it is at this point that my colleague Lawrence Barretto usually gives us his "Lawro's Podium Predictions", so to keep in line I'm going to do likewise. In lieu of something more imaginative, my podium predictions shall be titled "Rose Knows" and I am going for 1) Lewis Hamilton 2) Sebastian Vettel 3) Jenson Button. Yep, two McLarens on the podium for me today. Now it's over to you. Tweet us using the #bbcf1 hashtag with your predictions or text 81111 (UK only) remembering to put F1 and your name at the start.

  163. 1210: 

    So rain a distinct possibility then. At the moment, though, it is absolutely roasting at Hungaroring, or "hotter than santin's [satan?] toe nails" as our pole sitter Lewis Hamilton describes it on Twitter.

  164. 1208: 

    Weather has certainly played a part in the last two race weekends, but what can we expect from today weather-wise?

    Well we had a massive thunderstorm overnight, but drivers and team officials alike woke up to blue skies this morning. Here is BBC Weather's Ian Fergusson to give us a more in depth look: "Thunderstorms have clustered Eastwards into Budapest through early morning, giving more prolonged rain at times at circuit. Probability of showers at Hungaroring runs now at 40% start of race to 55% by 15:00hrs; 65% by 16:00hrs (local)."

  165. 1206: 

    History, therefore, tells us we are in for an interesting race today. Already there has been cause for celebration this morning, as Fernando Alonso turns 31 today, but tucking into a massive cake to celebrate the occasion is probably not at the front of his mind after failing to challenge for a place on the front row in yesterday's qualifying. The Spaniard starts sixth today and on a circuit where overtaking is difficult, it will take something special for him to record a second successive victory.

  166. 1204: 

    So going back to what I touched upon in my introduction to today's race, Lewis Hamilton won here back in 2007. Interestingly, that was the last time a driver who started on pole went on to win the race. Sebastian Vettel has started at the front of the grid for the last two years, but failed to win either race, prior to that Fernando Alonso and Hamilton were the pole sitters for the 2009 and 2008 editions. Both lost out on the Sunday.

  167. 1202: 

    Welcome to the 2012 Hungarian Grand Prix. Race number 11 of 20 and the last before the summer break. A three-week hiatus from Formula 1 means teams up and down the paddock will be desperate for a strong performance here in Hungary to ensure they head into the break on a high.

  168. 1200: 

    Cast your mind back to 2007. A year when Gordon Brown became Prime Minister, the construction of the new Wembley was completed and the year when the very first iPhone was unveiled to the world. But more significantly for us Formula 1 fans, it was the year Lewis Hamilton arrived on the scene. The young Briton won four races that year, including the one in Hungary as he led from start to finish. Today, older and wiser, he is at the front of the grid once again at Hungaroring, bidding to spark a McLaren revival.

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Formula 1 World Championship 2014

Position Driver Team Pts
1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes 384
2 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes 317
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull 238
4 Finland V Bottas Williams 186
5 Germany S Vettel Red Bull 167
6 Spain F Alonso Ferrari 161
7 Brazil F Massa Williams 134
8 Great Britain J Button McLaren 126
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India 96
10 Mexico S Perez Force India 59
11 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren 55
12 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari 55
13 France J Vergne Toro Rosso 22
14 France R Grosjean Lotus 8
15 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso 8
16 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus 2
18 Germany A Sutil Sauber 0
20 Mexico E Gutierrez Sauber 0
22 Japan K Kobayashi Caterham 0
23 W Stevens Caterham 0


After 60 of 61 laps
Position Driver Team

Race stopped at 60 laps

1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes
2 Germany S Vettel Red Bull
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull
4 Spain F Alonso Ferrari
5 Brazil F Massa Williams
6 France J Vergne Toro Rosso
7 Mexico S Perez Force India
8 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India
10 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren
11 Finland V Bottas Williams
12 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus
13 France R Grosjean Lotus
14 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso
15 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham
16 France J Bianchi Marussia
17 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia
18 Great Britain J Button (ret.) McLaren
19 Germany A Sutil (ret.) Sauber
20 Mexico E Gutierrez (ret.) Sauber
21 Germany N Rosberg (ret.) Mercedes
22 Japan K Kobayashi (ret.) Caterham