Kvyat claims maiden F1 podium thanks to late drama, learns meaning of ‘never give up’

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Daniil Kvyat kept his head whilst all about him were losing theirs to finish second in the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday and record his first podium finish in Formula 1.

Kvyat spent much of his race battling outside of the top five, but after moving into fourth place following problems for Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, the Russian ascended into second after a late clash between Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Rosberg.

The stewards threatened to rain on his parade when they slapped him with a ten second time penalty for exceeding track limits and gaining an advantage earlier in the race, but Ricciardo was too far behind to gain a position from his teammate.

Speaking on the podium after the race, Kvyat was pleased with the result, but his thoughts lay with Jules Bianchi following the Frenchman’s death at the age of 25 last week.

“Thank you to everyone,” Kvyat said. “It’s been a very tough year and race and everything, but I think as a team we deserve this podium very much. I thank my team for this podium.

“This podium it goes first of all to Jules Bianchi and to his family. We lost a great guy, a great driver, so all my thoughts are with him right now.

“First podium, it’s a great achievement and it feels great.”

Kvyat admitted after the race that he thought his race was over at the first corner when he got a flat spot on his tire, but refused to give up, and was pleased that he did not back down.

“After turn one I thought my race was over to be honest because I got such a massive flat spot, I could hardly stay on track,” Kvyat said. “But then the team told me to keep pushing.

“Some people say ‘never give up’. Until today I didn’t know what it means really, but today I really learned what it means never to give up because it can always come your way.”

Kvyat becomes the second youngest podium finisher in the history of F1, beaten only by Sebastian Vettel, and also secures the best result for a Russian driver in the sport.

F1: Lewis Hamilton roars back from starting 14th to win German GP, regain points lead

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Heading into Sunday’s German Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton wasn’t given much of a chance after qualifying so poorly (14th) one day earlier.

But in one of the most significant rallies of the 2018 Formula One season, Hamilton roared back to not only win at Hockenheim, but also regain the lead in the F1 drivers championship standings at the halfway point of the season.

Ditto for Mercedes in the Constructors Championship.

“It was so tough out there,” Hamilton told Sky Sports/ESPN. “Conditions were perfect for business time. When it rained, I knew I’d have a good position, but you never know what’s going to happen behind the safety car.”

Despite rainy conditions for part of the race, not to mention wet overall conditions that caused a number of drivers to spin, Hamilton won the 66th race of his F1 career (44th with Mercedes AMG Petronas) in a time of 1:32.29.845 and took home 25 points for his fourth win of 2018.

It’s the furthest back a driver has come from back in the pack to win since Fernando Alonso started 15th and won the Singapore Grand Prix in 2008.

The win comes just a couple days after Hamilton re-signed with Mercedes AMG through the 2020 season, leading him to pay an immediate return on investment, so to speak.

“It’s obviously very, very difficult (to win) from that position and highly unlikely, but you’ve always got to believe,” Hamilton said. “I said a long, long prayer before the race started.

“When we did the parade lap, I could see how much support we had and I just wanted to stay collected and stay calm. The team did such a great job today, the car was fantastic, I’m so grateful.

“I would never have thought you could do something like that today, but I kept pushing and kept believing and it happened, so I really manifested my dreams today. Thanks to God.”

It was also the 125th F1 podium finish of Hamilton’s career.

To make the win even sweeter, Hamilton’s teammate, Valtteri Bottas, finished second, the first time in German GP history that homeland team Mercedes has finished 1-2.

It’s Bottas’ fifth podium of the season, all being runner-up finishes.

Kimi Raikkonen finished third, 6.5 seconds behind Hamilton, followed my Max Verstappen and Nico Hulkenberg. For Raikkonen, it was his 28th podium since his last win.

Sixth through 10th were Romain Grosjean, Sergio Perez, Esteban Ocon, Marcus Ericsson and Brendon Hartley.

Kevin Magnussen finished 11th, followed by Carlos Sainz, Stoffel Vandoorne, Pierre Gasly, Charles Leclerc and Fernando Alonso was the last running car, finishing 16th.

Failing to finish (17th through 20th) were Lance Stroll, pole sitter Sebastian Vettel (who made a mistake and crashed), Sergey Sirotkin and Daniel Ricciardo.

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