Lewis Hamilton Back onTop
It had been a while since Lewis Hamilton was last in the first three finishers, but yesterday he finished the Hungarian Grand Prix triumphant. It’s the world champion’s first time on the podium this year, and his elation was evident.
Hamilton was smiling from ear to ear as he entered the conference room with Mark Webber and Kimi Raikkonen after the race. He showed his appreciation for McLaren team’s effort as he performed the traditional ritual of spraying champagne from the podium. He remarked that it had been “a long time” and explained that it had been a difficult season for the whole team. The McLaren engineers had been working around the clock to fix the faults in Hamilton’s car, which at times he found impossible to drive. The Woking team continued to run tests and changes were still being made up until Friday. After qualifying fourth, Hamilton confessed that he had not expected to win – but he was obviously delighted that he did.
Only the McLaren and Ferrari teams are still sticking with the Kers energy retention system; it was not expected to be advantageous on the bendy Hungaroring, but Raikkonen (who finished second for Ferrari) and Hamilton used the 6.5sec power boostto keep their opponents at bay on the main straight.
Pole position had been claimed by Fernando Alonso for Renault who was running with a lighter load of fuel; he planned to make three fuel stops instead of the usually favoured two, however fuel pump problems caused him to fall behind. The former world champion had an unfortunate incident when his front wheel came off not long after his first pit stop, letting Hamilton take a lead that would stay with him to his victory. Renault, who were world champions in 2006 and 2007, have been suspended from the next Grand Prix in Valencia – Alonso’s home track. The team have appealed this decision. Stewards claim that Alonso was in full knowledge that the whell securing nut was not correctly in position when he left the pit, which resulted in him losing a wheel. It has only been a week since Henry Surtees was killed at Brands Hatch by an accident with a lost wheel.
Lewis Hamilton, who is currently dating Pussycat Doll Nicole Sherzinger, sealed the win with a kiss from his girlfriend. London escorts would love to get a date with this eligible sportsman, but it would seem he’s too loved up at the moment!