Sun: McLaren, Lotus, Red Bull, Ferrari

Sunday 29th July 2012

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Sun: McLaren, Lotus, Red Bull, Ferrari

Sun: McLaren, Lotus, Red Bull, Ferrari

Lewis Hamilton secured his second win of the season in Hungary, joined on the podium by Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean...

McLaren:
Lewis Hamilton: "Well, what can I say?! I'm over the moon! The team did a fantastic job! Absolutely brilliant!

"It was a really enjoyable race - but it wasn't at all easy. In fact, I reckon that it was one of the toughest races I've ever driven - but, guess what, I'll savour it all the more for that.

"I was under a lot of pressure throughout all 69 laps. First, Romain [Grosjean] and then Kimi [Raikkonen] were right behind me, all the way through, and I had to look after my tyres without letting my pace drop, which was pretty tricky at times.

"It isn't a static situation when a race goes like that. The feel of the car is changing all the time. You get different messages from the tyres with every lap. But they lasted - I managed to make them last.

"It was a case of managing the gap behind me, over the whole lap, every lap. In particular, I had to make sure that, every lap, I always had a big enough gap at the last corner, so that I wouldn't be overtaken in the DRS zone on the pitstraight. And I managed to do that every time.

"As I say, the team did an absolutely incredible job - and the support we've had here in Budapest, not only from the visiting British fans but also from the local Hungarian fans, has been phenomenal.

"And to be able to win a Grand Prix on the weekend that the Olympic Games started in the UK too, well, I feel like we've done our part to contribute to what I hope will be many more British successes over the Olympic Games period. Someone has just told me that we've scored Britain's first gold medal of 2012. Well, it isn't really that, is it? But it's the first British victory of the Olympic Games period, which is pretty cool.

"Looking at the season as a whole, it's clear that after the mid-season break we'll have a lot of work to do. But, for now, let's celebrate - all of us, family, friends and fans - and put on our Vodafone rocket-red tops, and enjoy the moment.

"Nobody celebrates like we do."

Jenson Button: "First of all, I want to say a big 'Well done!' to Lewis and the entire Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team. Fantastic job, guys!

"For me, though, I guess today was quite a bit more frustrating than it was for Lewis. Having said that, I was really pleased to be able to get ahead of Seb [Vettel] on the opening lap, passing him on the outside of Turn Two, and to be able to hold a very solid third place at that point. I was on the leaders' pace too. In fact, even after the first stop, I could still see the leaders - so we were obviously still pretty close.

"Then we decided to go for a three-stop strategy - but after my second and third stops I encountered traffic, unfortunately, which made things really difficult for me because the traffic I was stuck in was lapping quite a bit slower than I could have been lapping if I'd had a clear track.

"But there are lots of positives to take away from this weekend: our car is obviously quick, as I was able to show at Hockenheim and Lewis was able to confirm here, and in the second half of the season I know that everyone at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes will work as hard as possible to maintain and continue that upward performance development curve.

"Now, as we go into the mid-season break, I'm going to go away and relax. I'm really looking forward to it, in fact."

Lotus F1:
Kimi Raikkonen: "It's a shame we couldn't quite get the win but it's a good result for the team and we'll keep pushing to make that final step. My start was not too bad but then we had some issues with the KERS and I lost a place to Fernando [Alonso]. When we got it working again we were stuck in the pack so it was a bit frustrating, but once we were in clear air we could push and it looked like we could make up a few places in the second stops. The team said it would be very close with Romain, but it was okay in the end. We managed to catch Lewis [Hamilton] but it was impossible to pass."

Romain Grosjean: "It's a good result for the team, but to be honest I'm a bit disappointed. We had a good battle for the lead with Lewis [Hamilton] all through the first two stints, but then I got stuck behind Michael [Schumacher] who didn't respect the blue flags at all which cost me a lot of time. Because of this I lost a place to Kimi, and at the same time a possible chance to fight for the win. It's very hard to overtake here; every time I came close to someone in front I would lose a bit of front end grip which made it impossible. Still, that's racing and we've take home a lot of points for the Constructors' Championship which is a real positive."

Red Bull:
Sebastian Vettel: "I think our overall speed was better than the actual result we got today. I was stuck behind Jenson in the first stint; he was slower and we lost some time there, but of course you can't just pit and come out in clean air, there's traffic, so there's not much we could have done. The tyres were not too bad at the end, but we thought that we should try something, the tyres on the cars in front could have fallen off, but it didn't happen. The race pace was very good, so now it's up to us to do better in qualifying and at the start; then it's a different race."

Mark Webber: "We were hoping people would be in a bit more trouble with their tyres at the end. We were in fifth place and had a nice cushion, but we've had plenty of times this year where the tyres had stopped working towards the end of the race. Today it didn't really work out that way and we lost places through trying something different. I was quicker in the closing stages, but it's hard to overtake here and I couldn't get the job done. Still, we moved up three places from the start, we have good points and it's very open for the rest of the year."

Ferrari:
Fernando Alonso: "It's a positive result, no doubt about it. We knew this would be a complicated weekend because we were not quick enough, but despite everything, we managed to extend our lead over Webber. In terms of the championship it has therefore been a very good weekend. To have finished ahead of one Red Bull and right behind the other in these circumstances was very important because, on paper, we should have expected to finish seventh. Hamilton was out of our reach this weekend, but we did not lose much ground to Vettel and these are in my opinion, the strongest of the group that's behind me in the championship. We made the right strategic choices: it's true I lost a bit of time behind Perez and this cost me a place to Raikkonen, but the Finn was probably out of reach this afternoon. We have a lead of forty points, courtesy of a car that has not been the best in this first half of the season. Now we must try and make a good leap forward in terms of performance to allow us to keep the lead in the Championship, because in the long term, what we have now will not be enough. If we are where we are, it's because we have always made the most of what we had and because of an excellent reliability record: it's not by chance that you get 23 consecutive points finishes. July has been a tough and stressful month, with three races and a lot of work at the factory. Now I want to take a break for a bit and fully recharge the batteries, to show up again in Spa in perfect shape, in the hope that the second part of the season is as positive and productive as the first one. There are five weeks to rest and work, looking to the future, starting with two very demanding races at Spa and Monza."

Felipe Massa: "My race was ruined at the start, when I spun the wheels, possibly because the clutch had overheated: that cost me two places which I then never managed to make up. Overtaking is really difficult at this track and, even if at some points in the second stint, I was stronger than Webber and Senna, I never managed to get the slightest chance to pass them. Therefore, this has not been a great race for me, but at least I managed to bring home a couple of points. At Silverstone and Hockenheim, our pace was a match for the best, but that was not the case here and this definitely made the whole weekend difficult. This first part of the season has definitely not been very positive for me, although today I certainly feel better than at the start and I'm sure the second half will be better. My contract? Until the situation is not clear, there's nothing to say! I'm concentrating on doing well in the next races and that is my number one aim."

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