Ricciardo salutes in mesmerising Hungarian GP

  • Monday 28th July, 2014 12:20am
  • Author: SpeedCafe ©
Daniel Ricciardo soars to second career win in Hungary in another thriller

Daniel Ricciardo soars to second career win in Hungary in another thriller

Daniel Ricciardo stormed to his second career win in an epic climax to the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The enthralling 70-lap race saw Ricciardo take the lead with three laps remaining, just as he did when he won the Canadian GP in early June.

Ricciardo, who had pitted from the lead for fresh tyres with 15 laps remaining, staged a heroic pass on Lewis Hamilton for third before surging by Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari in a dynamic late braking move.

“It feels as good as the first.,” Ricciardo beamed.

“The Safety Car at the beginning was to our advantage but when the second one came out it didn’t really help us.”

“That was a lot of fun the last few laps.”

With the outcome on a knife-edge over the last 10 laps, Nico Rosberg had set about a storming finish, honing on the leading three and having a dust up with Hamilton before finishing fourth.

Felipe Massa’s fortunes took a turn for the better by finishing fifth ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, Sebastien Vettel and Valtteri Bottas.

After at one stage running up front Jean-Eric Vergne was ninth ahead of early leader Jenson Button.

Hamilton had started from the pitlane and then made contact with the barriers on the opening lap after making a mistake before claiming a podium against all odds.

Hamilton hit the barrier with the left side of the Mercedes at turn two before complaining of a vibration as he tried to tack onto the field.

In a gripping race which had started in wet conditions after a summer deluge less than a hour before the start, Rosberg haired off to a decisive lead in the early stages.

After feeling his way on the opening lap, Rosberg proceeded to open up a 6s gap after five laps.

With eight laps in the books Marcus Ericsson had a heavy shunt at turn three, bringing out the Safety Car which triggered a round of pit stops with teams switching to slick tyres on a damp but drying track.

Ricciardo’s strategy strengthened as he ditched his intermediates and gained track position.

While still under Safety Car Romain Grosjean crashed approaching turn four.

As the Safety Car continued to pace the field, puffs of smoke were visible from the left rear of Rosberg’s car with the German told to stay off the brakes.

On the restart on lap 15, Ricciardo led the field away as early leader Rosberg was shuffled down to sixth however Jenson Button soon took over the front.

Hamilton managed to gain track position to be running in ninth as Rosberg lost ground to be seventh.

After 20 laps Ricciardo managed to squeeze out a 5s lead over the Williams of Felipe Massa.

The order was jumbled again for another Safety Car for Sergio Perez’s last corner accident with Ricciardo pushed down to sixth while Alonso led.

Alonso began to open up a gap over the second-placed Toro Rosso of Jean-Eric Vergne who had come under fire from Rosberg just short of half-race distance.

Vettel survived a huge spin on the front straight, managing to avoid heavy contact with the barriers.

Hamilton then put on daring move on Vergne around the outside at turn four to take second place.

Alonso pitted after 39 laps for softs, giving up the lead to Hamilton who soon had to stop for medium rubber.

Hamilton was informed over the team radio to let Rosberg past as the Mercedes pair ran third and fourth but the Briton does not oblige.

Meanwhile Ricciardo’s lead diminished with the Red Bull runner then coming in for new boots with 15 laps remaining.

Ricciardo rejoined in fourth, leaving Alonso to inherit the lead on rapidly wearing tyres from the sparring Mercedes runners.

Rosberg was called in with 13 laps to go for fresh rubber before re-entering the fight down in seventh.

The F1 championship now takes a breather ahead of the next race, the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa from August 22-24.

See below for results of the Hungarian GP 

1

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull/Renault

70

1:53:05.058

2

Fernando Alonso

Ferrari

70

5.225

3

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

70

5.857

4

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

70

6.361

5

Felipe Massa

Williams/Mercedes

70

29.841

6

Kimi Räikkönen

Ferrari

70

31.491

7

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull/Renault

70

40.964

8

Valtteri Bottas

Williams/Mercedes

70

41.344

9

Jean-Éric Vergne

Toro Rosso/Renault

70

58.527

10

Jenson Button

McLaren/Mercedes

70

1:07.280

11

Adrian Sutil

Sauber/Ferrari

70

1:08.169

12

Kevin Magnussen

McLaren/Mercedes

70

1:18.465

13

Pastor Maldonado

Lotus/Renault

70

1:24.024

14

Daniil Kvyat

Toro Rosso/Renault

69

1 Lap

15

Jules Bianchi

Marussia/Ferrari

69

1 Lap

16

Max Chilton

Marussia/Ferrari

69

1 Lap

-

Esteban Gutiérrez

Sauber/Ferrari

32

Power Unit

-

Kamui Kobayashi

Caterham/Renault

29

Retirement

-

Sergio Pérez

Force India/Mercedes

27

Spun off

-

Nico Hülkenberg

Force India/Mercedes

19

Collision

-

Romain Grosjean

Lotus/Renault

15

Spun off

-

Marcus Ericsson

Caterham/Renault

12

Spun off

See below for championship points

1

Nico Rosberg

202

2

Lewis Hamilton

191

3

Daniel Ricciardo

131

4

Fernando Alonso

115

5

Valtteri Bottas

95

6

Sebastian Vettel

88

7

Nico Hülkenberg

69

8

Jenson Button

60

9

Felipe Massa

40

10

Kevin Magnussen

37

11

Sergio Pérez

29

12

Kimi Räikkönen

27

13

Jean-Éric Vergne

11

14

Romain Grosjean

8

15

Daniil Kvyat

6

16

Jules Bianchi

2

17

Adrian Sutil

0

18

Marcus Ericsson

0

19

Pastor Maldonado

0

20

Esteban Gutiérrez

0

21

Max Chilton

0

22

Kamui Kobayashi

0

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