Heikki Kovalainen lucks in to maiden win

Heikki Kovalainen took a surprise maiden win at the Hungaroring

Heikki Kovalainen took a surprise maiden win at the Hungaroring

Heikki Kovalainen became the 100th driver to win a Grand Prix in the Hungarian round of the championship.

The win fell into his lap after a heartbreaking failure for Felipe Massa late in the race. Massa had grabbed the lead by the scruff of the neck with an excellent start and held onto the lead through the first set of pit stops.

But the Ferrari driver seemed to suffer an engine failure while cruising the the flag with only three laps to go.

Kovalainen is the second driver to take his first win this year after Robert Kubica’s win in the Canadian Grand Prix.

He had run third behind Massa and Lewis Hamilton for much of the race, moving up to second when his team mate suffered a puncture on lap 41.

Kovalainen’s win comes after the McLaren team extended his contract to the end of the 2009 season.

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34 comments on Heikki Kovalainen lucks in to maiden win

  1. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 4th August 2008, 13:01

    Bridgestone did say it was a puncture although they’re still looking into it: Lewis Hamilton’s puncture “probably” caused by debris, say Bridgestone

    Rabi – Kovalainen’s crash at Barcelona was caused by a problem with the wheel rim covers.

  2. Paul said on 4th August 2008, 17:27

    These questions have probably been answered on other boards already, but can anyone tell me why

    -Martin Brundle keeps missing the Hungarian GP? This is at least the third year in a row he hasn’t been there.

    -Is there any specific reason the Hungaroring is always dusty? It seems to be in the countryside like most European circuits yet we never here of the other tracks been dusty, is there a quarry or factory close by?

    -Was Massa’s engine on its first or second race?

    Although I am no fan of Massa he was clearly the best driver yesterday, the problem is why is he not more consistent.

  3. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 4th August 2008, 19:50

    Paul:

    - Dunno – My theory: one-man protest against how bad the circuit is.

    - It gets used very little between F1 races. I think it has a round of the World Series by Renault but I can’t think of many other major races. Plus it’s pretty hot out there.

    - Second: Felipe Massa: Great start, awful finish.

  4. Gman said on 5th August 2008, 3:56

    A most unfortunate incident for Massa- he pulled off a great move for the lead and made it stick, then gets done in with a mistake that was apparently no fault of his own. Still, great deal for Heikki- while he diden’t out-perform Massa, his car was still standing at the end, and that was good for the win. We’ll see what happens over the break, as it’s a brand-new circuit and with the championship races still close, it’s anyones ball game.

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