D’Ambrosio in a spin at Budapest

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Hungarian Grand Prix: 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 25pts, 2 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 18, 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 15, 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercede 12, 5 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 10, 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 8, 7 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 6, 8 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 4, 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 2, 10 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1. Also: 17 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth, 19 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth.

MARUSSIA Virgin Racing driver Jerome d’Ambrosio could not hide his disappointment following his 19th placed finish at a rain-effected Hungarian Grand Prix.

The Belgian racer paid the price for switching to a four-stop strategy to try and counter the unpredictable weather conditions in Budapest yesterday.

After 17 laps on option tyres, d’Ambrosio and his teammate Timo Glock came in for primes. But when it started to rain again, d’Ambrosio opted to pit for the intermediate Pirelli tyres while Glock stayed out and pitted a third and final times towards the end of the race.

To compound his misery, d’Ambrosio spun on his way into the pitlane. With rain falling, he skidded on the wet paint which seperates the two driving lines. But despite the slip-up, d’Ambrosio lost precious little time from the mistake.

He said: “I’m disappointed but the conditions were very tough out there. I had a very good start to the race and I was happy about that but I made an error when the rain came, choosing to stop for intermediates when I probably should have stayed out on slicks. So I lost a lot of time with the pit stops and I also had a tough moment when I spun in the box when I came in, although thankfully the car didn’t hit anyone. Definitely not my best race.”

Glock crossed the line in 17th position as Virgin secured their eighth two-car finish of the campaign.

McLaren’s Jenson Button finished on top of the podium after a fautless drive, with runaway championship leader Sebastian Vettel second and Fernando Alonso third.