Hungarian GP: Heik up

About time Kovalainen had some luck. There may have been a stroke of good fortune about Heikki’s first win but it would make up for the series of problems (loose wheel in Spain and big shunt; bad Safety Car in Melbourne; steering wheel electronics in Monaco) that had compromised his first season with McLaren-Mercedes.

Kovalainen’s result may have been at the expense of Felipe Massa (engine failure) and Lewis Hamilton (puncture) but the win was extremely popular here, particularly within McLaren where the Finn is well-liked.

The timing was good, too, Kovalainen having been re-signed by the team for another year. You could say that his move to allow Hamilton through in Germany helped cement the deal but that showed he was a team player (a quality highly valued by Ron Dennis) rather than a subservient Number 2. In fact, Dennis was at pains to point out this morning that his drivers were at liberty to race each other – provided they didn’t take each other off.

In Hungary, there was no fear of that happening as Hamilton had the better pace throughout the weekend. Lewis would have finished second, ahead of Kovalainen, but for a flat spotted left-front tyre and then a damaged side wall on the same tyre, the team saying that initial investigations showed that the two incidents were probably not related. The only certainty is that Hamilton had to do almost an entire lap with the damaged tyre, rejoining in tenth and rising to an eventual fifth place and the four points which would maintain his lead of the championship.

Hamilton would have lost the lead of the championship had Massa not suffered a catastrophic engine failure three laps from home. (The Ferrari team say there was absolutely no warning.) The Brazilian shook everyone – not least Hamilton – by snatching the lead with a brilliant start from third on the grid and then outrunning the McLarens – with ease. It seemed that Ferrari had a better handle on their tyres as the temperatures rose. Either way, it was an impressive display which did not deserve a rare failure on a Ferrari.

With all this going on, Timo Glock’s amazement at finding himself second just two weeks after being stretchered out of the German GP was tempered by the fact that the Toyota driver had to fend off a belated attack from Kimi Raikkonen. The world champion caused the usual mystery by setting the race’s fastest lap as the final act of a weekend in which he appeared to have been struggling. At least Raikkonen had a fellow Finn to talk to when he unexpectedly reached the podium. And he had every reason to smile. Raikkonen is second in the championship, just five points behind Hamilton.

What an extraordinary season.

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Too bad for Hamilton. Just didn’t set off perfectly and then worse he had a puncture. But the person I feel sorry for is Massa, 2 laps to the finish and his engine blows up. It seems anything can happen in formula 1… anything

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Good job Heiki and roll on Valencia! See you in a few weeks.

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You have to feel sorry for Massa particularly as we have arm chair critics who have never driven a wheelchair in anger passing nasty comments disguised as facts.

Massa was simply in a class of his own and I think the Lewis problem robbed him of making that statement even though it would have meant Hamilton winning as an eventuality.

This is turning out to be a cracking year, hopefully until the last race.

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Massa proved all his worth today by driving what was quite simply a stunning race from start to his unfortunate and premature finish. He should have won today for sure and a performance like this makes you think is it Massa who should be going next year or Kimi who spent most of the race behind a renault after qualifying a pathetic 6th for the second race in a row?

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Feel bad for Massa really deserved it!

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Too bad for Massa when he went out near the end of the race. Still good job Kovy !

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I have seen video evidence and Massa hit the ‘SD'(self destruct) button on his steering wheel by mistake……….just quietly what has happened to BMW they were cracking along now it feels like they have got their goals and dont care about this season any more, im just a little sad on that.

mclarens new ‘horns’ are pig ugly

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I think the most credit should go to Toyota and Timo Glock. Superb drive for Toyota and their driver in splitting McLaren and Ferrari in the podium!

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yeah, the new ‘antlers’ on the mclarens are definitely ugly haha

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Sorry for Massa, he was doing a superb job and the race start was wicked. Mr. Hamilton on the other side… wrecking tyres? Old news! Couldn’t even catch the Renault in the end

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Technical problems are part of the sport, it will always be present when machines got something to do with sport.

This time writer was right, its Heikkis turn to have some good luck, always when there has been safety car, rain or other unexpected event, Heikki had only sufferd.

Lots of tyre problems on hungary, supersoft tyres just seemed to give up, Kimi had pouncy ride on last laps, hamilton had puncture. (maybe locking brakes did help a little?)

Massa’s and Ham’s batlle on first corner was awsome!

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@P.Morgan: Hamilton had a puncture. So did Sutil. by your logic, Massa was fast because he was wrecking his engine.

As for not being able to catch the Renault in the end, I believe he did exactly that.

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Internet: Hamilton caught him but could not pass. He got to him in the last 2 laps only. He needs to work on his tyre management, and Ferrari need to work on their engines

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nice race, nice results… Sorry for Massa… But in a way I don’t feel to bad.

and Heiki SO much deserved it. Yes it was a stroke of luck. But he also had his bad-luck-strokes this year so well deserved.

another nice one from Nelson Jr. btw.

Astonishing job from Timo Glock.

Apart from that the Hungaroring is not my facorite race.

I’m awaiting the night-time race in Singapore, that’ll be mental.
Best championship in years.

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“mclarens new ‘horns’ are pig ugly”

couldn’t agree more.

I’m a huge fan of Lewis, but even I concede that Massa deserved this win. He drove so well and was clearly pulling ahead. Hamilton was disappointing; I don’t think he was going to catch Massa. Heikki did well too; all those who say that he doesn’t deserve this win because it was luck are correct in certain respects, but he did maintain his position throughout the race without any faults.

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Maclaren f1 car is turning to ant little by little, mean while cars sharkfin looks like a van! Yes! son all f1 cars looks like Ford transit! How caal it can be!?

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Massa deserved that, and as much as I’m supporting hamilton for the championship, I was disappointed he didn’t win it.

Hamilton didn’t really have anything to show back, he seemed very much a 2nd place man. However it was a good drive on the SS tyres to bring it in where he did.

Glock was good and I felt he thoroughly deserved what he got.

Heikki got lucky, sure he was good enough to be in the posistion, but he deserved no more than 3rd that race, lucky to get the win. Raikkonen seemed to be nowhere… and Alonso may have been slowing him up but Raikkonen couldn’t pass him anyway. The BMWs didn’t seem to do anything, in fact… noone else seemed to do anything.

Other than Massas start, Hondas overtaking eachother and lapping, were there any other overtakes?

Fairly eventful, yet boring, race.

And what was the explanation for the fuel rig fires in the end? Bourdais had two!

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I totally agree with everyone who has said the mclarens horns are ugly, maybe they are in competition with honda to see who can make their cars look the ugliest by the end of the season, close to call at the minute but we shall see what they have in store for us next time…

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Maybe I’m way off, but weren’t the “horns” added specifically for this race? This was a very tight and technical track that requires a lot of downforce hence, the need for the “horns” at the front. They will not be on at Valencia.

Great win by Heikki, terrible loss for both Massa and Hamilton, and WTH is going on with Kimi? At least Hamilton had a chance to come back and get into 5th place. Massa’s engine blowing after a flawless performance was just like Force India at Monaco when they were going for their first points, only to have Kimi run into the back of their car. You can’t help but feel terrible for a driver when these things happen. This season is turning out to be just as exciting as last year.

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euh…correct me if I’m wrong but i don’t think that the horns on the McLaren are designed to be beautiful.
Their function is to guide airstreams and so generate beter downforce. Not to be beatiful.
That’s WAY of the question.
So let’s stop yapping about it.

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but they are still ugly though…

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cars are dull

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Hmm ugly

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Too bad for Hamilton

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