Gallery: Hamilton fifth as Kovalainen wins Hungarian GP
PUBLISHED: 15:59 03 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:28 26 October 2009
HOCH ZWEI / Michael Kunkel
LEWIS Hamilton s McLaren team-mate Heikki Kovalainen has won the Hungarian Grand Prix. The 26-year-old from Finland capitalised on the misfortune of Hamilton and Ferrari driver Felipe Massa to take the chequered flag at the Hungaroring for his first Formu
LEWIS Hamilton's McLaren team-mate Heikki Kovalainen has won the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The 26-year-old from Finland capitalised on the misfortune of Hamilton and Ferrari driver Felipe Massa to take the chequered flag at the Hungaroring for his first Formula 1 victory.
Kovalainen, who started on the front row alongside pole-sitter Hamilton, took the lead with just three laps to go when Massa's engine went.
The Brazilian had looked certain to take the winner's laurels after a superb drive.
Massa got the jump on both McLaren drivers on the run to the first corner.
He firstly passed Kovalainen after a blistering start and then aggressively took Hamilton for the race lead at turn one.
Hamilton's hopes of victory were later dashed by a puncture at turn one that dropped him from second to outside the top 10.
He battled his way back up the field in the closing laps on the super soft tyres and eventually finished fifth behind former McLaren colleague Fernando Alonso to salvage four points.
With Massa failing to finish and having 10 points snatched from his grasp, Tewin race ace Hamilton has extended his lead in the World Drivers' Championship.
He has 62 points, five more than Ferrari's reigning world champion Kimi Raikkonen, who claimed the final place on the podium at the Hungaroring behind Toyota's Timo Glock.
Massa, who would have taken the lead in the title race before his engine failure, is now third in the championship standings on 54 points.
The next round of the series is at the new Valencia street circuit on August 24