Daniel Ricciardo steals the thunder in Hungary

Sahara Force India recorded its worst performance of the season.

By: Reuters | Budapest | Updated: July 28, 2014 12:51:32 pm
Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo kisses the Hungarian GP trophy. (Source: AP) Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo kisses the Hungarian GP trophy. (Source: AP)

Australian Daniel Ricciardo won the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix for Red Bull on Sunday while Lewis Hamilton roared from pitlane to podium in another astonishing performance by the Mercedes driver.

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was second and championship leader Nico Rosberg, who started on pole position for Mercedes, finished fourth and saw his lead over Hamilton cut from 14 points to 11. Instead of Rosberg and Mercedes running away with the race, the race ran away from Rosberg with his team beaten for only the second time in 11 grands prix.

Ricciardo, a revelation in his first year at Red Bull, emptied his lungs in sheer elation after he took the chequered flag 5.2 seconds ahead of the Spaniard for his second win of the season and of his career. “It feels as good as the first win, it really does,” beamed the Australian, who took his first win in Canada, after a rollercoaster of a race with two safety car periods .

“The safety car at first played to our advantage but the second one didn’t really help us, but we got there in the end and I had to do the overtaking at the end which was fun.” All of the top four had led over the course of a race that started after a brief downpour, and was interrupted by two big crashes. Ricciardo, who had led earlier in the race and was on fresher tyres, swept past Hamilton three laps from the end and overtook a determined Alonso to regain the lead for good with two laps to go.

Force india HITs dead-end

Sahara Force India recorded its worst performance of the season as the team had first no-points finish with both Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez crashing out .

Hulkenberg collided with Perez at turn 13 in lap 14 as his record of scoring points in all races this season ended. The team continues to be at number five in the constructors’ championship with 98 points, just one more that McLaren.

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