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2014-07-27 16:04


RICCIARDO SHINES IN HUNGARY: Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo raced to victory in a crash-filled 2014 Hungarian GP. Image: AP / Darko Vojinovic

BUDAPEST, Hungary - Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo triumphed from a crash-filled 2014 Hungarian GP. The Red Bull driver took his second win of the 2014 season with a brilliant race that saw several drivers retiring.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was second, his second podium of the 2014 season. The Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg finished third and fourth respectively with Hamilton driving through from a pits-lane start to come very close to winnng.

Had he, it would have been the first such achievement in the history of F1.

Rosberg still the championship with 202 points, followed by Hamilton (191) and Ricciardo (131). Mercedes will have post-race words with Hamilton who chose to "ignore" team orders to allow Rosberg to pass on lap 49. He said on the team radio that his team mate "was not close enough".


The rain-soaked Hungaroring circuit saw many crashes, among them Lotus' Romain Grosjean and the Force Force India duo of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg. The pace car was deployed twice during the 70-lap race.

LAPS 1 - 10

Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat suffered mechanical failure at the start of the race and was pushed into the pits lane.

Hamilton had a poor start, running off track during the first lap after starting from the pits lane. He complained of brake issues throughout the race but moved up from 19th to 16th by lap five.

Rosberg continued to dominate throughout though by Lap 10 he was under pressure from Valtteri Bottas. The wet Hungaroring circuit claimed its first victim when Caterham's Marcus Ericsson had a serious crash at Turn 4 on Lap 1, prompting the pace car.

LAPS 10 -20

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo led the pack after Ericsson's crash as the pace car led drivers around the Hungaroring; the slowed pace didn't, however, prevent Lotus' Romain Grosjean crashing on Turn 3 on lap 13.

The race re-started after his car was removed from the track with Ricciardo in the lead on Lap 14, ahead of McLaren's Jenson Button and Williams' Felipe Massa, second and third respectively.


On Lap 16 Button entered the pits which allowed Massa to take second behind Ricciardo. Lap 17 saw Force India's Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez collide, ending Hulkenberg's race.

Marusia's Jules Bianchi and Lotus' Pastor Maldonado tussled on Lap 18 forcing both to pit. Maldonado crashed into Bianchi as he tried to pass the Marussia driver.

LAP 20 - 30

Ricciardo was leading on Lap 20, followed by Massa and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso. Rosberg was fifth by Lap 21 while team mate Hamilton had now moved up to seventh. Hamilton was warned to ease off his brakes as Mercedes told him to "manage his brake temperature".


Perez suffered a huge crashed on Lap 23. He lost control of his car, went wide through Turn 14, and smashed into the inside wall. The pace car was deployed for a third time.

Perez was able to climb out of his car though debris from his already damaged Force India was strewn across the track. He and team mate Hulkenberg's crashes marked the first double retirement for Force India in 2014.

On Lap 27 the race resumed with the pack reshuffled once again with Alonso leading, followed by Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne and Rosberg, in second and third respectively. Perez's crash allowed Hamilton to move up pressure Vettel for fourth.

LAPS 30-40

Alonso continued to lead race, followed by Vergne and Rosberg. Vettel lost control and grazed the wall on Lap 33 though he regained control to hold on to fourth. 


Sauber's Estaban Gutierrez suffered mechanical issues and retired on Lap 33 as Hamilton pushed past Vettel and Ricciardo to gtake second on Lap 34 behind race leader Alonso. He was warned by Mercedes to "watch his brake temperature".

By Lap 35 the threat of rain had dissipated, prompting many drivers to switch to medium tyres.

Despite warnings of possible brake issues, Hamilton continued to pursue Alonso. Ricciardo held on to third, followed by Massa and Raikkonen, fourth and fifth respectively.

LAPS 40-50

By Lap 40 both Hamilton and Alonso had pitted, letting Ricciardo take the leadagain. A lap latr Hamilton was second, followed by Massa and Raikkonen, third and fourth respectively. Hamilton entered the pits allowing Alonso and Massa to move ahead.

Ricciardo reported power "surging" in his Red Bull and was told make adjustments by his engineers. He continued to lead the race and by Lap 44 was followed by Alonso and Hamilton.


Rosberg surged ahead on Lap 47 to fourth behind team mate Hamilton. Mercedes told Hamilton "not to hold up" Rosberg who had a different race strategy to his team mate and still needed to pit. By Lap 49 Hamilton had not complied with Mercedes team orders.

LAPS 50-60

Ricciardo led the race on Lap 50 despite a dogged challenge by Alonso. Ricciardo was told to continue to push ahead despite struggling with his rear tyres.

By Lap 51 Hamilton was still ignoring  team orders and Rosberg was heard on radio asking why Hamilton did not let him to pass.

On Lap 55 Ricciardo entered the pits allowing Alonso to regain the lead, followed by the Mercedes duo Hamilton and Rosberg. Rosberg entered pitted on Lap 57 and dropped to seventh, allowing Ricciardo to gain third place.

LAPS 60-70

10 laps left and Alonso maintained his lead, followed by Hamilton and Ricciardo - the latter on far healthier tyres - in second and third respectively. Bottas moved up to fourth, followed by Massa, Raikkonen and Rosberg.

Alonso continued to be hounded by Hamilton and Ricciardo. Rosberg posted the fastest lap at the as he tried to catch the leading trio.

On Lap 63 Alonso missed the apex of Turn 7 and increased his lead over Hamilton. The Mercedes driver queried whether Alonso gained an advantage by cutting the chicane.

With four laps to go (66/70) Alonso looked set to achieve his first win of 2014. In the battle for second, Ricciardo displayed superb skill and managed to grab second place from Hamilton.

On Lap 69 Ricciardo snatched the lead from Alonso and held on to it until the flag.

The 2014 F1 season will continue on August 24 with the 2014 Belgian GP at  Spa-Francorchamps.

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Result from the 2014 Hungarian GP at Hungaroring:
1 Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/Red Bull) 1hr53min05.058 (average 162.691km/h)
2 Fernando Alonso (ESP/Ferrari) +5.200
3 Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes) +5.800
4 Nico Rosberg (GER/Mercedes) +6.300
5 Felipe Massa (BRA/Williams) +29.700
6 Kimi Raikkonen (FIN/Ferrari) +31.300
7 Sebastian Vettel (GER/Red Bull) +40.700
8 Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Williams) +41.000
9 Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA/Toro Rosso) +58.100
10 Jenson Button (GBR/McLaren) +1min06.800
11 Adrian Sutil (GER/Sauber) +1min07.600
12 Kevin Magnussen (DEN/McLaren) +1min17.800
13 Pastor Maldonado (VEN/Lotus) +1min23.300
14. Daniil Kvyat (RUS/Toro Rosso) +1 lap
15 Jules Bianchi (FRA/Marussia) 1 lap
16 Max Chilton (GBR/Marussia) 1 lap

Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber 37 laps
Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Caterham  46 laps
Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India 56 laps
Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus  60 laps
Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India 48 laps
Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Caterham 62 laps

Fastest lap: Nico Rosberg - 1min25.724 (Lap 64)

Drivers’ championship points
1 Nico Rosberg (GER) 202
2 Lewis Hamilton (GBR) 191
3 Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) 131
4 Fernando Alonso (ESP) 115
5 Valtteri Bottas (FIN) 95
6 Sebastian Vettel (GER) 88
7 Nico Hlkenberg (GER) 69
8 Jenson Button (GBR) 60
9 Felipe Massa (BRA) 40
10 Kevin Magnussen (DEN) 37
11 Sergio Perez (MEX) 29
12 Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) 27
13 Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) 11
14 Romain Grosjean (FRA) 8.0
15 Daniil Kvyat (RUS) 6.0
16 Jules Bianchi (FRA) 2.0

Constructors’ championship points
1 Mercedes 393
2 Red Bull Racing 219
3 Scuderia Ferrari 142
4 Williams 135
5 Force India 98
6 McLaren 97
7 Toro Rosso 17
8 Lotus 8
9 Marussia 2

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