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Monday, July 27, 2009
Lewis Hamilton Wins Hungarian GP
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Lewis Hamilton Celebrates Victory At The 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix

HUNGARORING, HUNGARY - 2008 Formula 1 World Champion, Lewis Hamilton, celebrated victory for the first time this season with his win yesterday at the Hungaroring circuit at the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix. At the finish, Hamilton took the chequered flag eleven seconds ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen who finished second. Third place was taken by Red Bull Racing's Mark Webber.

Starting fourth on the grid in his Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 car, Hamilton had a very good start and managed to vault his car past Sebastian Vettel to secure third place by the end of turn two. Hamilton benefited from technical improvements that the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team had made to their KERS Hybrid system in Hungary. By the end of lap 1, Fernando Alonso was in the lead followed by Webber in second, and Hamilton in third.

On lap 5, Lewis Hamilton passed Australian Mark Webber on turn 2 and took second place. Lewis then began to put pressure on the leader Fernando Alonso and on lap 12 when Alonso went into the pits, Hamilton took the lead and the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team began to work their strategy to win the race.

Lewis had pit visits to change tires on lap 20 and lap 46, and thereafter started to build a gap between his car and position 2, held by Kimi Raikkonen in the Ferrari. By the race end, Lewis Hamilton crossed the finish line eleven seconds ahead of Kimi Raikkonen to with the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix. Fifth place was taken by Hamilton's teammate Heikki Kovalainen in the other Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 car.

Lewis had the following to say about his performance in Hungary, "This was one of my best races - I never gave up and, more importantly, neither did anyone in this team. I'm so proud of all the guys. We didn't expect to win today - we didn't think we quite had the overall pace - but the car was just perfect to drive, it felt fantastic for the entire race".

Lewis then went on to speak about the condition of his friend, Ferrari driver Felipe Massa, who suffered a significant head injury at the Hungarian Grand Prix circuit yesterday when he was struck above the visor by a spring that flew off the Brawn-Mercedes car of Rubens Barrichello that he was following - "Finally my thoughts are with Felipe today. Despite our celebrations, it's important to remember that there's a guy lying in a hospital bed tonight, and I think I speak on behalf of everyone when I say that that we all had Felipe in our hearts and minds today and we wish him a speedy recovery." 

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