Lewis Hamilton has finally scored his first grand prix victory of the 2009 season following a flawless performance in the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Starting fourth on the grid, the defending world champion assumed the lead after polesitter Fernando Alonso made an early pit stop.
He was henceforth never challenged and eventually took the chequered flag 11.5 seconds ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, the Ferrari driver finishing second just 24 hours after team-mate Felipe Massa’s freak accident during qualifying.
The resurgence of McLaren Mercedes and Ferrari on Sunday came at the expense of this season’s frontrunners Red Bull and, in particular, Brawn GP.
Red Bull’s Mark Webber scored the best result of the championship contenders, the Australian claiming the final podium position with third place.
Championship leader Jenson Button struggled once more, finishing down in seventh, while Webber’s team-mate, Sebastian Vettel, retired after suffering suspension damage.
Williams driver Nico Rosberg finished fourth ahead of McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen, with Toyota duo Timo Glock and Jarno Trulli sandwiching Button for the other point-scoring positions.
The result means that Webber moves ahead of Vettel and into second place in the drivers’ championship, 18.5 points behind Button.
Hamilton, meanwhile, moves up to eighth place after winning his first race – and appearing on the podium for the first time – since last year’s Chinese Grand Prix.
Original source: Skysports