Ricciardo registers second career victory
Daniel Ricciardo registered the second victory of his Formula 1 career after winning today’s Hungarian Grand Prix from fourth on the grid.
It was a dramatic race, with the Aussie losing two positions on the opening lap before then moving to the front during the first safety car period.
He eventually pitted three times and moved onto the soft tyre for a short final stint. Ricciardo was able to swiftly catch up to the top three, eventually passing Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso within the space of two laps to take the lead.
He took the chequered flag 5.2 seconds clear of Alonso to take secure his second victory. “Winning this today, it honestly feels as good as the first,” he said after the race.
“It sank in a lot quicker this one, so crossing the line today I knew what was going on a bit more and it’s like I could enjoy it immediately rather than it being delayed, it was awesome.
“To have to pass guys again to win the race, as I did in Canada, makes it a lot more satisfying, knowing that we did have a bit of a fight on our hands. In this environment now I feel, I am a different driver and in a way a different person, a different sportsman than I was last year.
“I’ve got a lot more belief in myself and it’s cool, I definitely feel like I belong here now and I’ve got confidence; obviously we’ve converted two races into wins this year so far and I think that confidence is showing.”
However, it wasn’t a completely trouble-free race for Ricciardo, as a mid-race engine problem caused some worry. “I honestly had a scare in the middle of the race, for a few laps we had some issues,” he explained.
“Basically, we were down on power and had to get a bit crazy on the switches, so I thought the race could have potentially ended early but we got through that and yeah, very happy.”
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