Daniel Ricciardo made no secret of his happiness after claiming his second Formula 1 career victory in Hungary, beating Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton on Sunday at the Hungaroring.
The Australian driver perfected his strategy to pull off a repeat of his win in Canada, making a move for the lead with just a few laps remaining. On fresher tires, he was able to push hard and pass both Alonso and Hamilton in the dying stages of the race to claim win number two of 2014.
“It feels as good as the first, it really does,” he said on the podium after the race. “The safety car at the beginning played to our advantage, and then I thought when the second one came out, it didn’t really help us, but we managed to pull it off at the end.
“I had to pass our way through and that was a lot of fun, the last few laps.”
Ricciardo has signed off in style for the sport’s summer break, and has been one of the breakout drivers of the first half of the year since his move to Red Bull from Toro Rosso.
“Definitely going to celebrate tonight, and party for a few days I think, enjoy a bit of time off and then keep building on what I’ve done in the first six months and look forward to Spa,” he said.
“Just want to thank the team, obviously they really let me settle in so well in the first six months of the year, and to grab two victories is honestly phenomenal. Really pleased, and we’ve got a few mates here this weekend, so we’ll party hard tonight.”
Brendon Hartley says scoring a point on his Formula 1 debut would be “a dream” after being resigned to last place on the grid for the United States Grand Prix following an engine penalty.
Porsche factory driver Hartley was drafted in by Toro Rosso to replace Pierre Gasly for the USGP when the Frenchman was ruled out due to clashing commitments in Super Formula.
Despite having not driven an F1 car since 2012, Hartley came within one-tenth of a second of making it through to Q2 on Saturday at the Circuit of The Americas, ultimately qualifying 18th.
“Obviously I’d love to be quicker but we knew we were starting at the back, so we put a lot of focus on long runs, getting the peak performance out of this Pirelli tire I didn’t get today,” Hartley told NBCSN after the race.
“In FP3 I had a good feeling. There’s a lot of quirky things to manage with these tires. Honestly I should be happy with how the weekend’s gone so far.”
The New Zealander will start last due to a 25-place grid penalty for changes made to his power unit ahead of practice on Friday, and is daring to dream of making the top 10 in his first race out of a sports car for more than five years.
“I don’t do the 24 hours completely alone!” Hartley joked. “It’s quick. It’s physical to drive. I’ll be happy to be done after an hour and a half.
“A point would be a dream starting from the back. If I can move forward and put a race together, I’ll be happy.”
The United States Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and the NBC Sports app from 2pm ET on Sunday.