In a contest many observers called one of the best races so far this season, Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo won the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday, July 27. Second and third places went to Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Mercedes's driver Lewis Hamilton, respectively. What did the podium drivers have to say after their achievements, and how did the rest of the drivers fare?
According to Formula 1, Ricciardo was asked about his passes of Hamilton and Alonso. He responded, "Yeah, obviously there was only one way to win it and that was to get around them. Obviously I had the advantage of the fresher tires, but I knew they wouldn't make it easy. I attempted Lewis into Turn Two, I think the previous lap or maybe two before I eventually got him, but just locked up and went too wide."
"I had a second crack at it," the winner continued, "and I still locked up but I managed to just hang on and just had a bit more grip around the outside there, so that was that. And then, once I got close enough to Fernando, I knew I just had to go for it. Being in that sandwich there, Lewis was still I think in the DRS zone, basically I couldn't waste too much time and that's what I did and then once I got the lead I knew it was just a couple of laps to go. Yeah, it feels good."
Fernando Alonso was asked his thoughts on his podium spot and what did it mean for Ferrari going into the summer break. "It means a lot," the former champion said. "Obviously we had some tough races recently and to see one Ferrari again on the podium is the best news."
He answered questions later in the conference as well, saying that he received the podium spot from taking advantage of opportunities created by a "chaotic" race, "Today we had a little bit of a chaotic race," he said, "and we took every opportunity we had in front of us. I think cars from behind also had some issues, with Rosberg, with Hamilton yesterday, with the issues in qualifying, we get this position for free. We had Vettel, had a problem in the last corner today, the Force India. We had some cars out of the way let's say and we took benefit from this and we secured some very strong points for the team."
British driver Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes had another long drive from the back after bad luck in qualifying made him start this race from the pitlane. About his third place result, he commented: "I was just pushing as hard as I could to see if I could get as high as I could and yeah, I mean, a great result obviously."
With the close competition this season for the drivers' championship happening between Mercedes team-mates Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, spectators may have joined Hamilton in surprise during the Hungarian Grand Prix when Hamilton was asked by radio to allow Rosberg to overtake him. He refused and said that if Rosberg got close enough to pass, he could pass.
When asked about this in the news conference, Hamilton said: "I was in the same race as him. Just because he had one more stop than me doesn't mean I wasn't in the same race as him. And naturally if I'd have let him past, he would have had the opportunity to pull away and when he does pit, he's going to come back and overtake me, so I was very, very shocked that the team would ask me to do that, to be able to better his position."
He continued, "But to be honest, he didn't get close enough to overtake but I was never going to lift off and lost ground to Fernando or Daniel to enable him to have a better race. So that was a bit strange. But we've got a long way to go, moving forwards still and, as I said, thankfully I'm still in that battle, so, I hope we can come away stronger."
Results of the race from fourth place on, according to Formula 1, went like this: 4th = Rosberg; 5th = Massa; 6th = Raikkonen; 7th = Vettel; 8th = Bottas; 9th = Vergne; 10th = Button; 11th = Sutil; 12th = Magnussen; 13th = Maldonado; 14th = Kvyat; 15th = Bianchi; 16th = Chilton. All others retired.
Going into the summer break in the season, Nico Rosberg still leads the drivers' championship with 202 points and four wins. Hamilton is second with 191 points and five wins. Ricciardo sits at third with 131 points and and now two wins.
In the constructors' championship, Mercedes continues its vacuum cleaner sweep with 393 points. Red Bull Racing-Renault has 219 at second, and Ferrari is third with 142.
The next Formula 1 race will be the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps on August 24.