Hakkinen wins in Hungary

Mika Hakkinen scored a vital victory to win the Hungarian Grand Prix by ten seconds from team-mate David Coulthard

Hakkinen wins in Hungary

The world champion was never headed and was followed home by his team-mate as the McLaren duo finished 1-2 for the first time since the Spanish Grand Prix in May.

He is now just two points behind championship leader Eddie Irvine with five races remaining.

Irvine finished third after sliding off the track 13 laps from the flag to hand second place to Coulthard.

Heinz-Harald Frentzen was fourth, Rubens Barrichello fifth and Damon Hill sixth.

The victory is his first in two months - since the Canadian Grand Prix five races back.

'It is fabulous to win - it is the first time I have won here,' he said Hakkinen.

'This is a circuit where you ride the kerbs a lot and they cause problems with the tyre and the circuit is hard on engine.'

Second placed David Coulthard said, 'I'm pleased to have got second here. I thought I had made a good start but two drivers got me on the first two bends.

'It was frustrating sitting behind slower cars as Eddie was going away but I knew I just had to be patient. I put pressure on Eddie when I got up behind him and just had to hope he would make a mistake and he did.

'Otherwise it would have been very difficult to get past him.'

Eddie Irvine, who was second until losing his place after locking up, said, 'I was having problems with the car before I went off the track.

'The tyres were good to start with but then they went off big time and I was struggling with the front of the car and struggling with the rear. Surprised we weren't more competitive. We got a couple of things wrong today.'






















































































































Pos


Driver


Team


Time


1


M Hakkinen


McLaren


1h 46.23.546


2


D Coulthard


McLaren


+9.706


3


E Irvine


Ferrari


+27.228


4


H-H Frentzen


Jordan


+31.815


5


R Barrichello


Stewart


+43.808


6


D Hill


Jordan


+55.726


7


A Wurz


Benetton


+1.01.012


8


J Trulli


Prost


+1 lap


9


R Schumacher


Williams


+1 lap


10


O Panis


Prost


+1 lap


11


J Herbert


Stewart


+1 lap


12


M Salo


Ferrari


+2 laps


13


R Zonta


BAR


+2 laps


14


M Gene


Minardi


+2 laps


15


T Takagi


Arrows


+2 laps


16


J Alesi


Sauber


+3 laps


17


L Badoer


Minardi


+3 laps


18


J Villeneuve


BAR


+17 laps


19


G Fisichella


Benetton


+25 laps


20


P de la Rosa


Arrows


+51 laps


21


P Diniz


Sauber


+58 laps


22


A Zanardi


Williams


+67 laps

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