F1 circus roars into Hungary

BUDAPEST - The Formula One circus arrives in Budapest this weekend as the "espionage" case between Ferrari and McLaren drags on and the title race really begins to hot up.

BUDAPEST - The Formula One circus arrives in Budapest this weekend as the "espionage" case between Ferrari and McLaren drags on and the title race really begins to hot up.

Two weeks ago in Germany Fernando Alonso stole a dramatic victory for McLaren, executing a daring overtaking move on Ferrari's Felipe Massa in the closing stages of the race.

Heading into Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix the Spaniard is just two points behind his English rookie teammate Lewis Hamilton who remains top of the driver's world championship.

Alonso's pursuit of a third consecutive driver's title is now looking a serious possibility and his joy on the Nurburgring podium showed just how important he felt the victory was.

He is now looking forward to competing on a Hungaroring circuit for which he has a special affinity.

"It was great to take the win in Germany and I hope to achieve the same result in Hungary," Alonso said. "I have some good memories from this track, as I took my first Formula 1 victory here.

"The track will always be special to me. I usually enjoy the race so am looking forward to racing there this year with McLaren. It is a very slow track but also tough physically because of the conditions, which are usually very hot." - Sapa-AFP

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