Hamilton congratulates Hungarian GP winner Kovalainen

PUBLISHED: 19:07 03 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:26 26 October 2009

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LEWIS Hamilton was quick to praise McLaren team-mate Heikki Kovalainen after the Finn claimed his first Formula 1 victory of his career today. Kovalainen took advantage of both Tewin 23-year-old Hamilton and Ferrari s Felipe Massa encountering problems to

LEWIS Hamilton was quick to praise McLaren team-mate Heikki Kovalainen after the Finn claimed his first Formula 1 victory of his career today.

Kovalainen took advantage of both Tewin 23-year-old Hamilton and Ferrari's Felipe Massa encountering problems to win the Hungarian Grand Prix.

He finished 11 seconds clear of Toyota's Timo Glock after race leader Massa retired three laps from the chequered flag.

His win marks the third successive victory for the McLaren team after Hamilton's back-to-back wins at Silverstone and Hockenheim and makes Heikki the 100th Formula 1 winner since the World Championship began in 1950.

Hamilton finished fifth at the Hungaroring after pitting early to change a damaged front tyre on lap 41.

He had started from pole position but soon lost the lead to a flying Massa.

"Congratulations to Heikki for his first and very well deserved grand prix win," said Hamilton afterwards.

Kovalainen's victory capped a great week for the driver after he was confirmed in the McLaren seat for next season.

"This is a great moment for me, something I've been targeting for many years," said the popular race winner from Finland.

"Hopefully, this victory will be the first of many."

Kovalainen's victory also helped keep Hamilton top of the World Drivers' Championship.

He now sits on 62 points, five ahead of Ferrari rival Kimi Raikkonen, with Valencia's new street circuit next up on August 24.

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