Hungarian Grand Prix: Lap by Lap Report

After a highly controversial weekend, Lewis Hamilton will begin the 2007 Hungarian Grand Prix ‘Magyar Nagydíj from Pole Position. Nick Heidfeld, in the BMW Sauber, will start alongside just ahead of Kimi Raikkonen. Fernando Alonso will start from sixth position after a five place demotion following a Steward s decision over an incident involving his team-mate during yesterday s Qualifying Session.

Long-range weather forecasts had suggested rain for the race, but today the race looks as if it will stay dry. Track temperature of 37 degrees, 27 air temperature, wind speed crucially some three mps slower than during yesterday s Qualifying Session.

All cars successfully complete their parade lap.

Lap 1 Raikkonen passes Heidfeld, who is slow away from the line on the dirty side of the track. Alonso drops to seventh behind Kubica.

Lap 2 Alonso, who struggled with understeer through the final corner, loses another position to Mark Webber, and only just keeps Kovalainen behind.

Lap 3 Hamilton leads Raikkonen by 2.5 seconds. Alonso retakes the position off Mark Webber.

Lap 4 Kubica loses sixth from Fernando Alonso, the McLaren with supreme speed advantage along the main straight. He is already 10.5 seconds behind his team-mate, and race leader. Lewis Hamilton sets the fastest lap of the race so far, increasing his lead by another three tenths.

Lap 5 Alonso closes down Ralf Schumacher. Schumacher s team-mate, Trulli, is in twelfth after an appalling start. Sakon Yamamoto crashes into the tyre barriers.

Lap 6 Raikkonen sets the fastest lap, taking a tenth out of the leading McLaren some 3.3 seconds ahead.

Lap 9 Hamilton sets another fastest lap on a 1:20.859, attempting to maintain a three second buffer back to Raikkonen. The Ferrari appears happier in race trim.

Lap 13 Raikkonen runs wide through the final corner, losing 1.5 seconds to Hamilton.

Lap 18 McLaren mechanics enter the pit lane. Fernando Alonso pits from sixth. Nick Heidfeld and Nico Rosberg also pit. Alonso rejoins in twelve after taking on a considerable amount of fuel.

Lap 19 Ralf Schumacher pits. Raikkonen closes down Hamilton, now just 3.9 seconds ahead. Ralf Schumacher rejoins ahead of Fernando Alonso.

Lap 20 Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen pit. The leading McLaren and Ferrari appear to be on a two stop race.

Lap 22 Hamilton leads Raikkonen by just 1.9 seconds.

Lap 26 Raikkonen is just 1.5 seconds behind Hamilton. Kovalainen has a hole in his front wing after earlier contact with Alonso.

Lap 27 Kovalainen pits but the team decide not to change the front wing.

Lap 28 Raikkonen is just 0.8 seconds behind Hamilton.

Lap 35 Massa makes his first stop of the race, leaving the pits just ahead of Hamilton and Raikkonen.

Lap 37 Jenson Button retires with engine/transmission failure.

Lap 43 Fisichella and Davidson collide after the Renault made its pit stop. Davidson retires with suspension failure.

Lap 44 Liuzzi retires into his garage.

Lap 45 Raikkonen pits from second, taking on the super-soft tyres.

Lap 48 Ralf Schumacher pits.

Lap 50 Lewis Hamilton pits, and also takes on the super-soft tyres. Alonso also pits and rejoins ahead of Ralf Schumacher.

Lap 51 Massa pits from twelfth.

Lap 60 Alonso challenges Heidfeld for third, the two separated by just 0.7 seconds.

Lap 63 Massa looks to pass Fisichella for twelfth.

Lap 67 Alonso goes wide as he continues to attack Heidfeld. McLaren issued press statement by the FIA that a representative should not attend the podium celebrations to receive the Constructors trophy.

Final lap Raikkonen follows Hamilton across the line to finish 0.7 seconds behind the McLaren driver. Raikkonen sets the fastest lap of the race on his last lap of the race, with a 1:20.047. Heidfeld finishes third, ahead of the second McLaren of Alonso. Kubica finishes fifth with Ralf Schumacher sixth, Rosberg seventh and Kovalainen eighth.