Ricciardo emerges from chaos
Daniel Ricciardo won his second victory in Formula 1, the second in this 2014 season for the Red Bull driver who, after Canada, emerged from the tangle in Hungary to take the chequered flag, following a three-way battle, ahead of Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton.
The start was on wet track and the race really took off very quickly with Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), who started on pole, holding on to his advantage until the first appearance of the Safety Car, on the seventh lap, at a moment when the German wasn’t in a position to dive into the stands, and lost the race lead a few seconds later.
Meanwhile, his team mate, Lewis Hamilton, was embarked upon an unbelievable comeback through the traffic – a feat that has become something of a habit for the British driver over the last few races. At the end of the day, The Englishman finished third, and profited from that to pocket three little points on his main rival in the Drivers’ Championship.
Fernando Alonso, on an offbeat strategy, wasn’t far from victory, but could do nothing when, three laps from the flag, the Australian from RBR caught up and overtook him to secure his second victory this season. A few instants earlier, Ricciardo had zipped past Hamilton to enthusiastic applause from the Red Bull garage.
9 – Nine. Like the number of races without scoring a single point in 2014 for Romain Grosjean. The Lotus driver was once again forced to withdraw this Sunday afternoon in Hungary. The Frenchman has not finished in the top ten since Monaco.
“He who risks nothing, gains nothing, but having to retire from behind the Safety Car, that hurts…” Romain Grosjean, who skidded off while trying to heat up his tyres behind the Safety Car.
Sebastian Vettel (7th), who went into a spin when he skidded on the verge in the main straight, had an acrobatic escape, the right flank of his RB10 scraping the wall for a few centimetres.
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