Ricciardo: Safety Car did not hand me win
27 July 2014 – Daniel Ricciardo says he was made to work for his Hungarian Grand Prix victory, playing down the role of two Safety Car periods.
With the top four of Nico Rosberg, Valtteri Bottas, Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso missing the chance to pit on the first lap of the opening Safety Car period, Ricciardo was one of the main beneficiaries.
But the Safety Car's second appearance was less advantageous, leading the Red Bull driver to pit for fresh tyres out of sync late in the race and forcing him to overtake Lewis Hamilton and Alonso for his second win.
"It feels as good as the first, it really does," Ricciardo commented.
"The Safety Car at the beginning played to our advantage, but the second one didn't. I had to do it at the end."
Ricciardo says he acted quickly when fighting with Alonso as he was unsure if it would be his only shot.
"I knew we had to make a move quick," explained the Australian when looking back at the decisive pass.
"The DRS was there and it could have been my only chance so I took it and it paid off. It had to be done!"
He added: "I'm going to celebrate tonight and enjoy a bit of time off. I will keep building on what I've done and look forward to Spa. The team has let me settle in so well and to grab two victories is phenomenal."