Lewis Hamilton was ecstatic with his first victory of the year in the Hungarian Grand Prix. After a difficult season, the World Champion rewarded his hardworking Mclaren team with a dominant display around the Hungaroring.
Hamilton is now confident that today’s victory will not be his last in a season that continues to grow in competitiveness and surprise.
Heikki Kovalainen completed Mclaren’s day with a points finish in fifth position.
Lewis Hamilton – 1st: “It’s an incredible feeling to be back on the top spot after what feels like such a long time and such a struggle. This was one of my best races – I never gave up and, more importantly, neither did anyone in this team. I’m so proud of all the guys. We didn’t expect to win today we didn’t think we quite had the overall pace but the car was just perfect to drive, it felt fantastic for the entire race.
“We need to take as much as we can from this weekend. We’ll continue to push because that’s the only way this team knows. Now we want to be winners on a regular basis.
“Finally, my thoughts are with Felipe today. Despite our celebrations, it’s important to remember that there’s a guy lying in a hospital bed tonight, and I think I speak on behalf of everyone when I say that we all had Felipe in our hearts and minds today and we wish him a speedy recovery.”
Heikki Kovalainen – 5th: “This was a great race for the whole team and particularly for Lewis. Hopefully next time it will be me! This victory proves just how much the team has improved the performance of our car during the past few months: this is the result of the hard work of every single man and woman in our team and this victory must be especially sweet for all of them. Our thoughts are also with Felipe I want to wish him all the best and hope he’ll be back in Formula 1 soon.”
Martin Whitmarsh – Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes: “Even as recently as four weeks ago, I don’t think many people would have believed you if you’d told them that we’d win the Hungarian Grand Prix in dominant fashion, but that’s exactly what we did today. And the fact that we did just that is a fantastic testimony to what can only be described as a superhuman team effort. Yes, 2009 has been a very hard year for us, but no-one at Woking, Brixworth or Stuttgart ever gave up; we all kept pulling together, we all kept our spirits up, and above all we all kept working. I’m immensely proud of every single one of them.
“And, today, Lewis, who has also never stopped pushing all year, was simply magnificent: there’s no other word. He was in the groove all afternoon, he delivered breathtaking speed where it mattered, and he controlled the race like the winner he is.
“So, going forward, what can I say? We had the strongest car at the Hungaroring this afternoon and, although it’s an idiosyncratic circuit, we’re confident that we’ll have a reasonable package for Valencia, too. But motor racing is an unpredictable business and the only thing you can bet your house on is that we’ll never stop working. And, more than that, we’ll grow stronger as a result of the difficulties we’ve faced: we’ve learned lessons this year, and for next season we’re aiming to build a car that’s capable of challenging for the world championship from the start of the season, not halfway through it!”
Norbert Haug – Vice-president, Mercedes-Benz Motorsport: “A sensation! Lewis was a class of his own a historic win, the first with the KERS Hybrid in Formula 1 the Silver Arrows are flying again! Unfortunately, Heikki got stuck in traffic, but he was fast and with his fifth place we scored as many points today as in the previous nine races together. We think of Felipe he would have been capable of being among the best or even to fight for a victory today, as Kimi showed. We wish him a good recovery. Thank you to all our team members who worked so incredibly hard for this success. Now is the summer break and you deserve it.”