Lewis Hamilton wins Hungarian Grand Prix

BUDAPEST - Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton finally ended his winless run yesterday when he came home triumphant for McLaren in the Hungarian Grand Prix.

BUDAPEST - Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton finally ended his winless run yesterday when he came home triumphant for McLaren in the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The 24-year-old Englishman, who started from fourth on the grid, drove a near-faultless race to claim victory for the first time since last year's Chinese Grand Prix.

It was the 10th win of his career. Hamilton's win endorsed emphatically the McLaren team's return to form after a dismal opening half to 2009.

Hamilton won by 11,5 seconds ahead of Massa's Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, with Australian Mark Webber third for Red Bull, two weeks after his maiden victory in Germany.

Pole-sitter and two-time former champion Fernando Alonso of Renault was forced to retire after leading the opening laps when he lost his front right wheel.

World championship leader Jenson Button of Brawn GP endured a tough afternoon and struggled home seventh behind fourth-placed German Nico Rosberg of Williams, Finn Heikki Kovalainen of McLaren and German Timo Glock who was sixth for Toyota. "Just what is wrong with this car? I don't understand it. The other teams have improved for sure, but our car is just not what it was a few races ago anymore. I don't understand it," lamented Button who leads the title race on 70 points. - AFP

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