Ricciardo wins dramatic Hungarian Grand Prix

Ricciardo wins dramatic Hungarian Grand Prix

27 July 2014 – Daniel Ricciardo claimed the second victory of his Formula 1 career during an incident-packed Hungarian Grand Prix. The Red Bull driver passed Ferrari's Fernando Alonso for the lead late on, while Lewis Hamilton fended off Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to complete the podium after starting from the pit lane.

All 22 drivers started the 70-lap encounter on the Intermediate tyres, with a heavy rain shower hitting the track just before the pit lane opened.

When the lights went out, Rosberg kept his lead on the run down to the first corner, while Valtteri Bottas got the better of Sebastian Vettel and Alonso and Jenson Button jumped the slow-starting Daniel Ricciardo.

Hamilton was fortunate to stay in the race after dropping his Silver Arrow and clipping the barriers at Turn 2.

There was plenty of close racing until the Safety Car made its first appearance of the day, when Caterham rookie Marcus Ericsson lost control of his car on the exit of Turn 3 and slammed into the trackside barriers.

The stoppage was extended when Lotus driver Romain Grosjean made a similar error shortly afterwards.

The top four all missed the chance to pit on the first lap, while those behind made an early switch to slicks.

Button – now leading – and McLaren team-mate Kevin Magnussen were the only drivers to stick with Intermediates for the restart, but they soon pitted for Options as the surface dried at a vast rate of knots.

While Ricciardo and Felipe Massa charged away at the front of the field, Rosberg began to struggle, dropping behind Toro Rosso driver Jean-Éric Vergne and Alonso's Ferrari, while Vettel and Hamilton closed in.

The race was neutralised again when Sergio Pérez hit the pit wall after losing control at the final corner.

The dramatic accident came shortly after the Mexican was clipped by Force India team-mate Nico Hülkenberg, who subsequently slid into the barriers and retired, ending his 100 per cent points record for the season.

During the Safety Car period, Ricciardo pitted for Options, while Massa took on a set of Primes. The rest of the field stayed out, with Alonso assuming the lead, ahead of Vergne, Rosberg, Vettel and the recovering Hamilton.

Vettel baulked Hamilton for a considerable number of laps until the reigning World Champion repeated Pérez's full spin at the final corner, but somehow managed to avoid contact with the wall and continue on his way.

After this, Rosberg, Vergne and Alonso made stops for fresh Option tyres. Hamilton moved into the lead of the race for a short period, before switching to fresh Primes in what would be his final stop of the afternoon.

Hamilton rejoined ahead of team-mate Rosberg, but the latter was quick to close in and Mercedes sent repeated radio messages requesting Hamilton to move over and let the German through – something that was ignored.

Ricciardo led until high tyre degradation forced him to pit for Options on Lap 55, following on from Massa who had to put on another set of Mediums 10 laps earlier. He came out in fourth, five seconds down on Hamilton.

With 13 laps left to run, Rosberg made his final pit-stop, again taking on Soft rubber, albeit slightly used.

The German returned to the track in seventh, but soon picked off the cars directly ahead of him. He passed Bottas when the Finn pitted, before finding a way past Ferrari's Kimi Räikkönen and the Williams of Massa.

While the top three of Alonso, Hamilton and Ricciardo constantly squabbled over position, Rosberg delivered a sequence of rapid laps in clean air, suggesting that he would join the battle before the flag dropped.

Ricciardo jumped to second with a sublime move on Hamilton around the outside of Turn 2 and into Turn 3, before getting a run on Alonso – struggling with his tyres – along the start/finish straight to take the lead.

Ricciardo surged clear to secure the race victory, with Alonso holding on to second and Hamilton narrowly fending off Rosberg, who had joined the back of the leading group with a couple of laps to go.

The result sees Hamilton trim Rosberg's championship lead to 11 points heading into the summer break.

Massa took fifth, ahead of Räikkönen, Vettel and Bottas. Vergne and Button completed the points.

Adrian Sutil and Sauber missed out on their first point of the season by just eight tenths of a second.

In addition to the aforementioned retirements, Esteban Gutiérrez and Kamui Kobayashi failed to finish.

The 12th round of the Formula 1 season takes place at Spa-Francorchamps from August 22-24

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