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Last Updated: Sunday, 6 August 2006, 13:58 GMT 14:58 UK
Hungarian GP as it happened
1 J Button (Honda)

2 P De La Rosa (McLaren)

3 N Heidfeld (BMW Sauber)

4 R Barrichello (Honda)

5 D Coulthard (Red Bull)

6 R Schumacher (Toyota)

7 R Kubica (BMW Sauber)

8 F Massa (Ferrari)

Latest updates (all times BST):

Lap 70: Button has secured a dramatic maiden Grand Prix win and his Honda team are jumping for joy as the Englishman sails past the finishing line. After finally stopping, the jubilant Button jumps out of the car and hugs team boss Nick Fry as England flags fly high in the crowd.

Lap 68: The title race takes another dramatic twist as Schumacher also goes out of the race after handling problems. But Button's on course for victory with a 40-second lead.

Lap 66: Schumacher can't hold off Heidfeld forever and finally succumbs at the chicane after another close clash to move down to third.

Lap 63: Schumacher's second place is certainly not guaranteed with De La Rosa putting plenty of pressure on the German. Schumacher's Ferrari seems to have just enough horsepower to hold off the McLaren challenger.

Lap 59: Button is cruising at the front, over 20 seconds ahead of Schumacher who will relish the chance to slash Alonso's lead to just three points in the championship.

Lap 55: The race is Button's to lose as the Englishman pits for a change to dry tyres. He comes out in front of Heidfeld and could be on course for a historic maiden victory. Reports from Renault indicate Alonso's car had a driveshaft failure rather than a wheel problem.

Lap 52: Button is now leading and could be on course for his first Grand Prix win as Alonso dramatically slips out of the race. Alonso had just pitted and was fitted with dry tyres but came back out on track and swerved out of control after problems with his back right wheel.

Lap 46: Button and Schumacher both come in to the pits but it remains to be seen whether either will opt for tyre changes with the very mixed weather conditions in Budapest.

"We just hit each other. Vitantonio wanted to let me pass and I was trying let Pedro pass."
McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen

Lap 44: The drying track is really playing into Schumacher's favour with his dry tyres but dark storm clouds hang over the Hungaroring, so could we witness another downpour before the end of the race? Schumacher has already clocked the fastest lap of the session.

Lap 43: The slow but sure march of Schumacher continues as the clinical German creeps up another place to fifth, finally finding a way past battling Nick Heidfeld at turn one.

Lap 39: It's not over yet for Schumacher, who passes inside Coulthard to move up to sixth place. Many of the drivers, such as Alonso and Button, are struggling to find the wet line on the track which is drying out and will have to come in for a tyre change.

"We struggled a lot with the tyres today. It was really tough."
Williams' Nico Rosberg

Lap 37: It's turning into a brilliant F1 debut for BMW Sauber's Robert Kubica, who catches Massa napping and moves into a points position with eighth place.

"The line is now drying but Button is pushing on with wet weather tyres."
BBC Sport analyst Maurice Hamilton

Lap 34: Button's in blistering form at the Hungaroring, clocking one minute 32.954 for the fastest lap of the race so far, but Alonso still leads.

Lap 31: The safety car is off and the racing can commence. In the all the drama, Button has moved up into second ahead of De La Rosa.

"The racing line is really starting to dry now and this could be Schumacher's ploy, waiting and waiting with dry tyres on."
BBC Sport analyst Maurice Hamilton

Lap 28: Everyone has made the most of the safety car's appearance to dive into the pits. Liuzzi is also out of the race now, joining Raikkonen, Rosberg, Fisichella, Klien, Webber and Yamamoto as victims of this tough encounter at Hungaroring.

Lap 26: Calamity on the track as Raikkonen's hopes of victory are shattered with a foolhardy move on Vitantonio Liuzzi's Toro Rosso. The McLaren driver practically drove into the back of Liuzzi's car at turn five, destroying the front left wheel of Raikkonen's car and putting him firmly out of the race. The Safety car is out.

Lap 25: Having just set another fastest time, race leader Alonso laps nemesis Schumacher in what could be a turning point in Renault's recent fortunes.

Lap 21: A massive disappointment for Fisichella as the computers show he's out of the race. Schumacher is currently eighth, while Ferrari team-mate Massa is 11th.

"It's really bad news for Renault because Alonso needs all the help he can get."
BBC Sport analyst Maurice Hamilton

Lap 19: Fisichella's triumph over Schumacher is short-lived as the Renault driver spins off the track and slips out of contention.

Lap 16: Giancarlo Fisichella and Schumacher come to blows as the Italian really piles on the pressure to attack the Ferrari driver's fifth place. Having already brushed on the previous lap, the two clash again with Schumacher coming off worse and losing his front wing. It's a small victory for Renault, who need the German to finish out of the points. Schumacher is forced to pit.

"This is really important for Renault because they need Fisichella to get in front of Schumacher to protect Alonso."
BBC Sport analyst Maurice Hamilton

Lap 13: The rain's coming down hard and Massa has pitted for full wet tyres.

"Massa not comfortable at all in these conditions, leaving Schumacher with no defensive line in this race."
BBC Sport analyst Maurice Hamilton

Lap 10: Kimi Raikkonen has opened a 8.8-second lead over McLaren's Pedro de la Rosa, while Alonso remains 9.5 seconds off the pace in third but has the car of Button as a buffer between him and rival Schumacher.

Meanwhile retirements so far are Christian Klien, Mark Webber and Sakon Yamamoto.

Lap 6: Rubens Barrichello has paid the price for full wet weather tyres in these mixed conditions and comes into the pits to change to intermediate.

Lap 4: Alonso is revelling in these wet conditions as he goes round the outside of Schumacher to claim fourth. With Schumacher's team-mate, Felipe Massa, also falling out of contention, it look like Ferrari have picked the wrong tyres for this race.

Lap 3: It's all over for Webber, who's pulled out for Williams. But at the front, pole-sitter Kimi Raikkonen has set the fastest lap of the race so far. Jenson Button has also made great strides, pressing hard and passing David Coulthard to seize eighth.

Lap 1: It's a fantastic start for Schumacher and Alonso , who both surge up the order. Spaniard Alonso looks determined to keep Schumacher in his sights and moves from 15th to sixth, while his title rival goes through to fourth. But Mark Webber appears to be in trouble slumping to 12th, having started on the third row. Sakon Yamamoto also slides onto the gravel at the first turn.

1300: The parade lap is under way on a very wet track with cars kicking plenty of spray.

1255: Bad news for Christian Klien but good news for Fernando Alonso as just two cars separate the world championship leader and title rival Michael Schumacher in 11th as Klien is forced to start in the pit lane after a fuel leak.

1250: The teams are making their final preparations and the drivers are putting on their helmets as just 10 minutes remain before the start of the race.

1244: There's been a let up in the rain for the last 10 minutes - great news for the cagoule-clad punters but not much help to the teams who will be frantically trying to second-guess the track conditions for the 70-lap race.

1230: The pit lane opens and the cars begin to leave to form up on the dummy grid, making plenty of big turns to test their grip on the wet track.

1220: With 40 minutes to go, the weather at Hungaroring is wet and drizzly with the umbrellas out in full force and a mild air temperature of just 22C.

The race promises to be a real test for the tyres as Bridgestone and Michelin face their first major challenge this season in wet weather conditions.

  • Hungaroring looks set to host a gripping race on Sunday with as much attention on the middle of the grid as the front runners.

    Title rivals Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso both qualified outside the top 10 after collecting time penalties for practice and qualifying infringements.

    That left McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen to take his second consecutive pole position.

    On the slow and twisty 2.722-mile circuit where overtaking is rare, Raikkonen's biggest rival will be Ferrari's Brazilian Felipe Massa who starts alongside him on the front row.

    Raikkonen also qualified on pole at the last week's German Grand Prix but, because of a fuelling error in qualifying, eventually settled for third.

    Honda's Rubens Barrichello is third on the grid, ahead of McLaren's Pedro de la Rosa.

    Barrichello's team-mate Jenson Button was fourth fastest in qualifying but dropped 10 places after his engine went up in smoke in Saturday practice.

    But the real battle promises to be in the middle of the grid as Schumacher attempts to slash Alonso's championship lead even further.

    Ferrari's Schumacher, who trails his Renault rival by just 11 points after winning the last three races, starts 11th, while Alonso is four cars behind in 15th.

    SEE ALSO
    Schumi woe as Raikkonen nets pole
    05 Aug 06 |  Formula One
    Hungarian GP qualifying as it happened
    05 Aug 06 |  Formula One
    Schumacher anger at time penalty
    05 Aug 06 |  Formula One
    Alonso penalty adds to team woes
    04 Aug 06 |  Formula One
    Ferrari set searing practice pace
    04 Aug 06 |  Formula One
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