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F1: Hungarian Grand Prix in six words


It was a race that featured spectacular engine failures, blazing fuelling rigs, sudden punctures and Formula One’s 100th winner – a busy afternoon, but we’ve summarised every team and driver in just six words each.

Overall race report

Massa’s misfortune is Kovalainen’s breakthrough win



1: Heikki Kovalainen
Made his own luck, deserved win
2: Timo Glock
Clung to podium like a limpit
3: Kimi Raikkonen
Needs to perform for full weekend
4: Fernando Alonso
Setting out stall for 2009 contract
5: Lewis Hamilton
Win looked doubtful even without puncture
6: Nelson Piquet Jr
Gradually maturing before our very eyes
7: Jarno Trulli
Traffic delays prevented performance like Glock’s
8: Robert Kubica
Couldn’t salvage anything from team’s weakness
9: Mark Webber
Lacked speed, was never in hunt
10: Nick Heidfeld
One-stopper helped him achieve respectability
11: David Coulthard
Tried different tyre strategy, gained little
12: Jenson Button
Happier with car than with result
13: Kazuki Nakajima
Tried a one-stopper but struggled
14: Nico Rosberg
Started badly and slipped back further
15: Giancarlo Fisichella
Pleased with lap times and performance
16: Rubens Barrichello
Couldn’t run competitively after pitlane blaze
17: Sebastien Bourdais
Was on fire out there. Literally.
DNF: Felipe Massa
Was remarkably philosophical, given what happened
DNF: Adrian Sutil
Brake problems and puncture finished him
DNF: Sebastian Vettel
Overcommitted in race, overheated in pits


Catching McLaren, though events disguised it
Will never have a luckier victory
BMW Sauber
A mere dot in leaders’ mirrors
It’s taken years – finally they’re arriving
Quietly moving up the midfield pack
Red Bull
Fouth place seems long ago now
Early season form looks sadly illusory
Starting to see some developmental improvements
Toro Rosso
Nightmare pitstops killed hopes of success
Force India
Quietly improving their car without reward

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