Hamilton back up to sixth in Hungarian Grand Prix

PUBLISHED: 15:27 03 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:34 26 October 2009

LEWIS Hamilton has clawed his way back up to sixth in today s Hungarian Grand Prix. The 23-year-old McLaren Mercedes driver dropped down to 11th after suffering tyre trouble at the Hungaroring. Hamilton picked up a front left puncture that forced him to m

LEWIS Hamilton has clawed his way back up to sixth in today's Hungarian Grand Prix.

The 23-year-old McLaren Mercedes driver dropped down to 11th after suffering tyre trouble at the Hungaroring.

Hamilton picked up a front left puncture that forced him to make an unscheduled pit stop when lying second in the race.

Herts' Formula 1 hero was trying to stay with Ferrari leader Felipe Massa during his second stint when his victory hopes were blown away by that puncture.

However, Hamilton has since driven himself back into the points with 13 laps to go.

Massa had earlier got the jump on pole-sitter Hamilton at the start of the race.

The Brazilian quickly passed Heikki Kovalainen and then overtook the World Championship leader from Tewin on the approach to the first corner.

Hamilton is now closing the gap on former McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso for fifth place.

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