Monday - Apr 24, 2017

Daniel Ricciardo wins Hungarian GP in style


Daniel Ricciardo wins Hungarian GP in style

On a rain soaked Hungaroring in Mogyoród on Sunday Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo charged to a thrilling Hungarian Grand Prix victory claims his second Formula One win of the season, pulling back some of the points advances held by runaway championship leader Nico Rosberg and his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.

Apart from the Australian’s brilliant performance in one of the most exciting races of the season, there was loads of drama as a drenched track caused by a sudden and dramatic downpour just before the start caused chaos and considerable discord among the two world championship leaders.

The season long so-called “friendly” rivalry between Hamilton and Rosberg began to become a lot less friendly after Hamilton reportedly rejected orders from the Mercedes crew to allow Rosberg to take third place.

After the race Mercedes announced that they would be holding a team inquiry into the events, however Hamilton, who ran a brilliant race to finish third after starting behind the field, 21 places behind his teammate on pole, having failed to set a lap time during the qualifying stages, due to his car bursting into fire. The fire was later discovered to have been caused by a fuel leak. To add to his problems Hamilton also began the race with cold brakes after his car was rapidly rebuilt overnight following the blaze.

As a result of the dangerously slippery track several high-speed crashes happened, was Hamilton being involved in two of them, first dramatically spinning on his opening lap and later lightly brushing the barriers on the second turn.

Swedish rookie Marcus Ericsson was involved in a more spectacular crash when he lost control of his Caterham on lap eight, an accident which was serious enough brought out the Safety Car, although Ericsson came out of the accident largely unscathed.

Other notable retirees were current world champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull, whose car spun at the final corner of lap 33, while both Force India cars also failed to finish the race with German Nico Hulkenberg crashing Turn One, after clipping his teammate Mexican Sergio Perez. Not long after Perez was also out of the race after losing control and spinning heavily into the walls.

Jenson Button of McLaren held the lead for a while during the interim stages of the race, but as a result of some treacherous conditions changed he was forced into the pits to changes tyres, putting Ricciardo back on on top until he too was forced to pit.

On the day Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo emerged as the star when in in a dramatic finale he overtook both Hamilton and Fernando Alonso of Ferrari in the same lap to notch up his second victory of the season.

Felipe Massa of Williams finished in fifth ahead of Finn Kimi Raikkonen, in the second Ferrari, while Sebastian Vettel had to make do with sex in the second Red Bull and Finn Valtteri Bottas of Williams.

Hamilton third place finish trimmed Rosberg’s lead in the title race just a little, with the points total now sitting at Rosberg on 202, Hamilton on 191 with Ricciardo in third on 131 points.

With the Formula One Championships moving into summer recess, Hamilton and Rosberg will have almost a month to settle their differences before the Belgian Grand Prix to be held at Spa-Francorchamps over the weekend of the 22nd to 24th of August.

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