Lewis Hamilton has said that he "can’t complain" after extending his lead in the Formula One drivers’ championship despite completing what was, by his own admission, one of his "worst-ever races".
Hamilton’s fifth-placed finish in the Hungarian Grand Prix could have cost him dearly, with Ferrari’s Felipe Massa poised to leapfrog him in the title race until his engine let him down three laps from the finish.
It was left to Hamilton’s team mate Heikki Kovalainen to clinch an unexpected victory – satisfying former F1 champ Jackie Stewart’s demand that the McLaren number two driver help the Brit’s cause by starting to take points off the Ferrari cars.
No one quite expected Kovalainen to take quite so many points off Ferrari – it was the Finn’s first-ever Grand Prix victory.
Ferrari’s defending champion Kimi Raikkonen finished third and is now just five points off Hamilton in the drivers’ standings.
Reflecting on an eventful day’s racing, Hamilton said: "It was not as bad as it could have been, and not as good either.
"But my lead is bigger now, and you would never have thought that with all that has gone on this year."