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Kovalainen takes maiden GP win in Hungary - Heikki takes a lucky victory, after Massa's engine explodes

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Kovalainen takes maiden GP win in Hungary
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This is F1Minute for the 3rd August 2008.

Hands up everyone who was expecting a boring Hungarian Grand Prix? Yup, me included. This race was anything but, though. Whilst the lack of overtaking did hamper things somewhat, we still ended up with a podium of Kovalainen, Glock and Räikkönen.

Here’s a quick summary of what happened: Hamilton lined up on pole, but Massa got a fantastic start from third and overtook both Kovalainen and Hamilton to take the lead of the race. He pulled away a decent enough lead and retained his position through the pit stops.

During the second stint, Hamilton picked up a puncture, which meant he had to bring forward his pit stop, and take on the soft tyres much earlier than he would have wanted. It looked like nothing could stop Massa from taking victory, but three laps from the end, the Ferrari engine blew up on the home straight, leaving Massa a short but agonising walk back to the garage.

Kovalainen inherited the win whilst Glock picked up second after a really strong performance. Hamilton finished 5th, and continues to lead the driver’s championship.

That’s it for today, I will be back tomorrow with all the reactions from the race, in another F1Minute.