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GP Week : Issue 164
Lewis Hamilton can stay clinging to his hopes of claiming a second world title this year after a valiant drive in Budapest on Sunday to clinch his second victory of the 2012 campaign. The Briton went into yesterday’s race with a 62-point deficit to leader Alonso, and although he still trails by a significant 47 points, the ever-improving McLaren is sure to deliver him many more wins before the year is out. He barely had a second to breath during the 69-lap race, after being pushed hard first by Lotus’s Romain Grosjean and then the Frenchman’s team-mate Kimi Raikkonen. On only two laps during the race did his lead exceed three seconds: following Raikkonen’s final pitstop. Even with DRS his rivals were never able to mount a challenge for the win and he took the chequered flag one second clear of Raikkonen. He admitted after the race that the Lotuses were quicker on the day, but a combination of good strategy and fast pitstops ensured he stayed ahead: “In my second stint I could have gone longer but they wanted to cover the guys behind which was probably the right thing to do. So, as we did that, I was just trying to make those tyres last a long time while keeping Räikkönen behind,” he said. “If we were on another track where overtaking was much easier I think perhaps the result would have been different.” Hamilton urged McLaren to keep pushing hard on car development, as they continue to hunt Alonso down in the race for the 2012 title. “This weekend shows that it's all to play for still, not enough points taken from Fernando as he still got 10 points but bit by bit, if we can continue with this kind of performance then we can slowly catch him,” he continued. “But we know we need consistency and we need to improve the car still in many areas, and that, I'm sure, we will do. HAMILTON: WIN RAISES TITLE HOPES 24 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> BUDAPEST