Hakkinen Wins Hungarian Grand Prix
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) _ Defending Formula One champion Mika Hakkinen led from start to finish in his McLaren-Mercedes to capture the Hungarian Grand Prix Sunday and gain ground on his Ferrari challenger Eddie Irvine.
Hakkinen ended Irvine’s two-race winning streak and moved within two points of the Ferrari driver.
Irvine slid off the track on lap 63 and lost second place to Hakkinen’s McLaren-Mercedes teammate David Coulthard. Irvine finished third, while Hakkinen drove a perfect race for his fourth season victory.
Hakkinen collected 10 points for his victory and brought his season total to 54. Irvine earned four points and now leads with 56.
There are five races left in the season.
Hakkinen covered the 77 laps in one hour, 46 minutes, 23.536 seconds, 9.7 seconds ahead of Coulthard.
Irvine was 27.2 seconds off Hakkinen’s pace.
Heinz-Harald Frentzen was fourth in a Jordan, Rubens Barrichello came in fifth in his Stewart-Ford and Damon Hill was sixth in the second Jordan.