Daniel Ricciardo won his second race of his season, and career, at a spectacular Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest on Sunday.
The Australian judged his late run to perfection, overtaking both Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso in the final five laps in what was an action packed race at the Hungaroring.
Safety car periods fell at key times for Ricciardo, but fell awkwardly for team-mate Sebastian Vettel, as he looked in contention for the victory until Marcus Ericsson brought out the first stoppage as the early wet track dried.
Vettel was lucky to finish at all after a mistake coming out of the final corner saw him spin across the track, gently brushing the pitwall with his rear tyre, forcing him into an earlier stop, dropping him down the field.
Ricciardo though made best use of the safety car periods, timing his stops to perfection, putting him in the right place at the right time to mount a late attack on the ailing leaders, as they tried to make their tyres last.
The win consolidates Ricciardo’s third place in the championship, while Vettel’s seventh place means he climbs to sixth overall.