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Ricciardo Wins Thrilling 2014 Hungarian GP

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2014 Hungarian GPBad luck may have plagued Lewis Hamilton once again during qualifying, the Brits fire resulting in him starting from the pit lane, but he was keen to limit the damage rivals could do during the race. His team mate Nico Rosberg not only leads the championship but also started on pole position for Sundays race. Add a sprinkling of rain and the 2014 Hungarian GP had all the ingredient to become a classic…

Rosberg, Bottas, Vettel and Alonso all got a quick start leaving those behind in a shower of spray. In fact the Williams very nearly got to the first corner before the dominant Mercedes. Hamilton’s luck got worse with a spin on the first lap due to cold tyres. No major damage was done to the car and so he rejoined and continued. We only got to lap 8 before the first safety car came out for the destroyed Caterham of Ericsson who spun into a wall. This quickly prompted a stampede into the pits as some teams changed to slicks. For some this was too soon as Grosjean’s Lotus crashed out on lap 11 of the 2014 Hungarian GP continuing the safety car period. Button took the lead on his intermediate tyres with the hope that more rain would force the others into the pits to change once again. This was not to be and slowly but surly the usual suspects passed by on their slick tyres. Hamilton had heroically battled his way up the grid and could now see his team mate/championship rival. It was only lap 22 when the safety car was out yet again for Perez who lost control on the last corner. At the restart faultless Alonso was leading and whilst not the fastest, he had no intention of making things easy for those behind him. Vettel pirouetted down the home straight but regained control of his car just before he was about to hit the barrier, however, this released Hamilton. Lewis Hamilton made his way into second behind Alonso but was being hunted down by Ricciardo on fresher tyres as well as his team mate, Rosberg. It was a tense battle between the front three with Lewis having no choice other than to yield to the Red Bulls new rubber, the question was, could he fend off Rosberg and remain on the podium? Stamping his authority, Hamilton did just that. He might have ignored a team order earlier in the race to let Rosberg through, but it payed off. From the pit lane to 3rd, what a drive!

1. Daniel Ricciardo

2. Fernando Alonso

3. Lewis Hamilton

4. Nico Rosberg

5. Felipe Massa

6. Kimi Raikkonen

7. Sebastian Vettel

8. Valtteri Bottas

9. Jean-Eric Vergne

10. Jenson Button

11. Adrian Sutil

12. Kevin Magnussen

13. Pastor Maldonado

14. Daniil Kvyat

15. Jules Bianchi

16. Max Chilton

Rtd Esteban Gutierrez

Rtd Kamui Kobayashi

Rtd Sergio Perez

Rtd Nico Hulkenberg

Rtd Romain Grosjean

Rtd Marcus Ericsson

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