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Hamilton starved of success in Hungary GP

NO JOY: Lewis Hamilton came fourth in the Hungary GP

LEWIS HAMILTON could not follow up on his stunning win in the Germany Grand Prix last weekend. The Briton had to settle for a frustrating fourth place in the Hungary Grand GP as McLaren team mate Jenson Button claimed his second victory of the season at the Hungaroring this afternoon.

Button, the 2009 world champion, handled the changeable conditions superbly to fend off the challenge of championship leader Sebastian Vettel. Fernando Alonso took third place.

In his 200th grand prix Button calmly took the chequered flag 3.6 seconds ahead of Vettel using a tyre strategy that saw him handle the periods of rain more ably than his rivals. Hungary was the scene of his first victory in 2006.

The Brit remains fifth in the drivers’ championship with 134 points while Vettel extended his championship lead to 85 points.

Hamilton finished over 48 seconds behind Button having suffered a lack of grip that saw him spin and incur a drive-through penalty for forcing a car off the track.

The in-form Hamilton was forced to enter the pit lanes six times during the race, which cost him a podium finish.

McLaren opted to send Hamilton out on intermediate tyres on lap 53 which needed to be replaced within four laps as the wet conditions returned.

Hamilton fell to sixth but rallied to claim fourth place, clocking the race’s fastest lap in the process.

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