Kovalainen wins Hungarian GP

McLaren's Heikki Kovalainen captured his maiden win at the Hungarian Grand Prix as teammate Lewis Hamilton maintained his championship lead.

McLaren's Heikki Kovalainen captured his maiden win at the Hungarian Grand Prix as teammate Lewis Hamilton maintained his championship lead.

Ferrari's Felipe Massa gifted the Finn victory after his car ground to a halt with just three laps to go.

Massa jumped both McLarens at turn one and the race looked to be his after Hamilton suffered a punctured tyre.

But bad luck hit Massa and Kovalainen took the flag ahead of Toyota's Timo Glock and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.

Fernando Alonso matched his best finish of the season for Renault in fourth ahead of former teammate Hamilton, whose fifth place was decent damage limitation.

Renault's Nelson Piquet, Jarno Trulli in the second Toyota and BMW Sauber's Robert Kubica collected the rest of the points.

Ferrari will be left ruing what might have been after Massa's retirement ended their hopes of halting McLaren's winning streak at the Hungaroring.

After struggling to match their rivals' pace in the last two races at Silverstone and Hockenheim, the team was on the verge of reigniting their faltering campaign thanks to Massa's audacious passing move at the start. - BBC

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