Daniel Ricciardo joined the ranks of the multiple grand prix winners with his second victory of the year at the Hungaroring.
He is the 73rd driver to win more than one race, and joins other two-time winners such as Wolfgang von Trips, Patrick Depailler, Jean-Pierre Jabouille and Elio de Angelis.
On his way Red Bull passed their 3,000th lap in the lead. They are fifth in the all-time list but need almost twice as many again to catch Lotus, who are on 5,623.
This was the 29th running of the Hungarian Grand Prix and Ricciardo is the fifth driver to win it having started lower than third place. Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton also won from fourth, in 2005 and 2009 respectively, Nigel Mansell won from 12th in 1989 and Jenson Button lined up 14th when he won in 2006.
At one point it seemed Hamilton might achieve the never-before-seen feat of winning a race having started in the pit lane. He ended up in third place, which is also where Sebastian Vettel finished having started from the pits in the 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
For the second race in a row Hamilton broke his personal best record for most places gained during a race. Having made up 17 in Germany, he climbed 19 in Hungary (aided by Daniil Kvyat failing to get away on the formation lap). The all-time record position gain is 30 in a world championship race (Jim Rathmann, 1957 Indianapolis 500) and 26 in a Formula One race (Roberto Mieres, 1954 British Grand Prix), both of which are obviously unbreakable for now as the current grid is too small.
Surprisingly, given their crushing form this year, Mercedes did not get a victory in their 100th Formula One race. Their first dozen starts were in the fifties – and they won nine of them. The remaining 88 occured since their 2010 comeback.
But Hamilton’s third place earned their 50th podium finish, which gives them as many as Ligier. Also Nico Rosberg notched up another pole position – his tenth, putting him level with Jochen Rindt. He also took the fastest lap, the eighth of his career, which places him alongside James Hunt, Gilles Villeneuve, Ralf Schumacher and Button.
Both Ferrari drivers achieved their best results of the season so far: Fernando Alonso second, Raikkonen sixth having gained ten places from his starting position.
Alonso is now the only driver to have scored at every race this year – Nico Hulkenberg’s crash on lap 15 ended a 12-race run of points finishes which began at last year’s United States Grand Prix. Force India’s run of points finishes this year also came to an end when Sergio Perez crashed out.
Jenson Button became the eighth different driver to lead a race this year, heading the field for a single lap. The last time a season was completed with no more than eight different race leaders was in 2011.
Review the year so far in statistics here:
- 2014 F1 championship points
- 2014 F1 season records
- 2014 F1 race data
- 2014 F1 qualifying data
- 2014 F1 retirements and penalties
- 2014 F1 strategy and pit stops
- 2014 F1 driver form guides
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2014 Hungarian Grand Prix
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