Bridgestone Motorsport Wrap for 27th July 2009

Bridgestone Motorsport Wrap for 27th July 2009

 

Hamilton claims first win of the season in Hungary

Reigning Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton scored his first win of the season, fighting off Kimi Raikkonen in a thrilling and tactical Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring.

Hamilton wins Hungary GP

The Vodaphone McLaren Mercedes driver used a soft - super soft - soft tyre strategy to finish more than 11 seconds clear.  Raikkonen, in the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, used the same tyre strategy to achieve his best finish of the season.

"It's an incredible feeling after what has been such a long time away (from the podium)," Hamilton said after his win.

"We didn't expect to win this weekend even though we've caught up quite a bit."

Australian Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing) used a super soft - soft - super soft strategy to complete the podium, claiming his second third place finish of the year.

In the battle for the 2009 driver's championship it was a good day for Webber. He picked up six points to increase his tally to 51.5 points, lifting him to second place overall ahead of teammate Sebastian Vettel who was forced out of the race after damage to a front damper.

"It was interesting to see different tyre and fuel strategies through the field. Both Bridgestone tyres worked well," said Hirohide Hamashima, Bridgestone Director of Motorsport Tyre Development.

"Some cars suffered from oversteer and we did see some rear tyre graining today, particularly on the super soft. Those who could handle this achieved good results.

"Lewis Hamilton and McLaren have shown that it is possible for a KERS car to win, even on a very slow circuit. After what we have seen today I think we will see a very interesting end to the season after the summer break."

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

1

Jenson Button

Brawn GP

70

2

Mark Webber

Red Bull

51.5

3

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull

47

Dovizioso claims maiden victory at British GP

Italian Andrea Dovizioso made sense of the madness to claim his first ever premier class victory at the British GP at Donington Park.

The race was one of the most unpredictable of recent years, with the wet-dry conditions causing falls for Fiat Yamaha riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo - the top two riders in the Championship.

Repsol Honda rider Dovizioso had been in the chasing group on the opening laps, but his superior pace and mistakes from his rivals saw him surge to the front.

Colin Edwards and Randy de Puneit engaged in an entertaining battle to complete the podium - with Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider Edwards taking second from the LCR Honda rider on the final hairpin. It was the first top three result for both riders for the 2009 season.

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

1

Valentino Rossi

Fiat Yamaha

187

2

Jorge Lorenzo

Fiat Yamaha

162

3

Casey Stoner

Ducati Marlboro

150