After all the shenanigans in the pits during qualifying, which saw teammate Fernando Alonso relegated to sixth on the grid, Lewis Hamilton eased his way to victory in Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix.
We understand that Alonso has been told by team chief Ron Dennis that he’s free to leave McLaren at the end of the season.
Hamilton has now opened an eight point lead in the Drivers’ Championship ahead of the Spaniard.
In the race itself, which he led from start to finish, Hamilton, just 22, showed a steadiness of nerve from the moment the lights went out all the way to the chequered flag.
Through the 70 lap race, he had Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari in his mirrors waiting for a slip that would allow him to pass. It didn’t come. Less than a second apart for most of the race, it was a real test of concentration and belief for Hamilton, which he passed with flying colours. At the finish, the margin was just 0.7seconds.
Six races left, and Hamilton still looks good for the title in his opening F1 season.