Ricciardo wins thrilling Hungarian Grand Prix ahead of Alonso and Hamilton
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Daniel Ricciardo
Posted By: Justin Hynes  |  27 Jul 2014   |  3:07 pm GMT  |  543 comments

Daniel Ricciardo took a thrilling victory at the Hungaroring, powering his way past Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso in the final few laps to take his second win of the season.

Alonso, in one of the heroic drives of the season, was two laps short of winning for Ferrari on worn-out soft tyres, but managed to hang onto second.

Hamilton claimed third place having started from the pit lane, despite intense pressure in the final laps from team-mate Nico Rosberg on fresher tyres.

But he refused a Mercedes team order to let Rosberg past for strategic reasons, with the German needing to make one more stop in the final third of the race.

“I was in the same race as Nico and if I let him past and he had the opportunity to pull away, then he would have come back and overtaken me,” said Hamilton. “I didn’t understand why the team asked me to do that as he didn’t get close enough to overtake and I didn’t want to lift off and lose ground to Fernando.”

At the start of an incident-packed race, in damp conditions caused by a pre-race shower, Rosberg got away well and maintained his lead as the field cautiously approached Turn One. Vettel, though, lost out, being passed by Bottas on the exit of the first corner and then by Alonso as they swept through Turn Two. The Red Bull driver was soon back up to third place, however, making his way past the Ferrari in Turn Five.

At the back, Hamilton was in trouble. He hit the brakes to take Turn Two but lost control of the rear end of the car. He slid towards the barriers and was lucky not to sustain any damage. He rejoined and despite complaining of poor brake response he began to make his way through the order, rising to 13th by lap eight, by which time Rosberg was nine seconds clear of Bottas at the front.

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On the next lap Marcus Ericsson lost control into Turn Three, hitting the barriers hard in his Caterham. The safety car was deployed and the field from P5 back came into the pits, with the majority taking on slick tyres. One the following lap the front runners, who has passed the pit lane entrance when Ericsson crashed, made their visit to pit lane. By the time the order had settled behind the safety car, Ricciardo was in the lead on soft tyres, ahead of Button, who was on intermediate tyres. Behind them were Felipe Massa, Rosberg, Kevin Magnussen (who did not pit and was on his starting intermediate tyres), Jean-Eric Vergne, Vettel, Alonso, Nico Hulkenberg and in P10, Sergio Perez. Bottas, meanwhile, had dropped to 11th.

While the safety car was deployed, Lotus’ Romain Grosjean also crashed out at Turn 3, forcing a longer stay on track for the pace car.

The safety car came in at the end of lap 13 and Button, told to push as rain would not be reappearing, immediately used the better grip he had in the greasy conditions to take the lead. He soon came into the pits, however, to discard the intermediate tyres that were quickly degrading.

Behind them, the order was changing and Rosberg was going backwards. He was passed by Vergne and Alonso and by lap 17 was down in fifth place, with only Vettel between him and team-mate Hamilton in P7.

Ricciardo, meanwhile, was picking up his pace in the drying conditions. By lap 20 he was setting fastest laps and was five seconds clear of Massa. Alonso was inside DRS range of second-placed Massa and pressuring his former team-mate hard. Vergne, as ever impressing in the varying conditions, was three seconds down on the Ferrari. The major battle, though, was between Vettel and Hamilton. On lap 21, the gap was just 0.3s and Vettel was in heavily defensive mode. Rosberg, though, wasn’t able to use the fight to his advantage, with the gap to Vettel continuing to hover around the one second mark.

Then on lap 23 the safety car made its second appearance as Sergio Perez lost control on the exit of the final turn and spun into the wall on the pit straight.

Leader Ricciardo pitted on lap 24 behind the safety car, the Red Bull driver taking on more soft tyres. Second-placed Massa and Bottas (P8) also pitted on the same lap, with both taking on medium tyres. Massa rejoined in seventh behind Ricciardo, with Bottas in P13. The stops left Alonso in the lead from Vergne, with Rosberg third ahead of Vettel and fourth-placed Hamilton.

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The safety car left the track at the end of lap 26 and Alonso held his lead. He soon began to pull Away from Vergne, with the Frenchman becoming something of a cork in a bottle. By lap 31 he was 3.3s down on Alonso and was holding Rosberg up.

Rosberg tries to change that on lap 33, pitting for soft tyres. On track Vettel almost replicated Perez’s crash, losing control on the kerb at the exit of the final corner. His car swapped ends but he narrowly missed hitting the wall. He dropped to seventh position. Vettel was then told to nurse his soft tyres until the end of the race.

Ahead, Hamilton managed to squeeze past Vergne at Turn 4 around the outside, causing the Frenchman to pit soon after for new tyres. As those ahead of him began to pit for new tyres, Ricciardo rose up the order and started to push, setting another fastest lap on lap 35 while in P3.

Rosberg, after his second stop, was now in P10 and 27 seconds down on second-placed Hamilton. The German was told that his title rival now had time to make his second stop and emerge in front, so Rosberg attempted to push. He got past Bottas on lap 38 but his times were still slower than Hamilton’s and the Briton was quickly on the radio to tell his team he felt he could remain on track at the same pace for a further couple of laps.

Hamilton finally came in on lap 40 taking on medium tyres. He emerged in P5 behind Alonso (who had made his second stop), but crucially he was in front of Rosberg. At the front Ricciardo led once more, from Massa and Kimi Raikkonen, who had only made one stop. The Finn was soon in for more soft tyres.

Massa made a third stop on lap 46 taking more mediums. That promoted to Alonso to second, 15.8s behind Ricciardo and 2.4s ahead of Hamilton.

The Mercedes driver was being pressured by his team-mate, however. Rosberg was just a second behind and the Briton was soon told not to hold the German up as they worked through different strategies.
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After five laps of Rosberg not being to close enough in the turbulent air, Hamilton was asked to allow Rosberg past on the main straight on the next lap. Acceding to the request, though, would see the Briton lose precious time and he told his team that he would not slow down to that degree to allow Rosberg to pass.

Ricciardo, meanwhile, was concerned about the state of his rear tyres and though the team wanted the Australian to race the set until the flag, the Red Bull driver couldn’t hold them together and was forced to pit for soft tyres on lap 55. He rejoined in fourth place but with the benefit of significantly enhanced pace.

Mercedes then decided to shift things, bringing Rosberg in on lap 57 to take on used soft tyres. He emerged in P7 ahead of Vettel and was told he needed to put in “a quali lap, every lap”.

The order, then, with 13 laps to go was Alonso, three seconds clear of Hamilton, with Ricciardo, on fresh tyres, a further 3.7s back. Bottas had risen to fourth ahead of Massa, Raikkonen and Rosberg, who was just half a second behind the Finn.

As Bottas pitted, Rosberg made his way past Raikkonen down the inside into Turn One on lap 60 take fifth place. He cleared Massa on the following lap, but 22 seconds down on Ricciardo and with the front three determined to hang on to their crumbling tyres, could the German make up the ground?

The answer was yes. By lap 66 the German was just 11 seconds adrift of Ricciardo and lapping three seconds faster than the Red Bull.

The Australian though was determined to make a bid for victory. After several failed attempts to pass the hyper-defensive Hamilton, Ricciardo eventually made a great move around the outside of Turn Two to pass the Mercedes and then on lap 68 he muscled past Alonso to claim the lead and, soon after, his second grand prix win of the season. Behind, Hamilton was pushing Alonso just as hard, attempting to put a car between him and the hard-charging Rosberg.

With two laps to go Rosberg was just 1.5s behind his team-mate. The German almost got past with a move around the outside on the final lap, but Hamilton moved very wide through the corner to deny his team-mate, who had to settle for fourth place.

Behind the top four, Massa took fifth for Williams ahead of Raikonen, Vettel, Bottas, Vergne and in P10 Jenson Button.

* Look out for an exciting new content stream on JA on F1, starting on Tuesday – the Jules Bianchi Column, which will take readers behind the scenes of the life of an F1 driver and help bring them to get closer to the sport.

Jules Bianchi

Hungarian Grand Prix 2014 – Race Result
1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 70 Winner 4 25
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 70 +5.2 secs 5 18
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 70 +5.8 secs 22 15
4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 70 +6.3 secs 1 12
5 Felipe Massa Williams 70 +29.8 secs 6 10
6 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 70 +31.4 secs 16 8
7 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing 70 +40.9 secs 2 6
8 Valtteri Bottas Williams 70 +41.3 secs 3 4
9 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso70 +58.5 secs 8 2
10 Jenson Button McLaren 70 +67.2 secs 7 1
11 Adrian Sutil Sauber 70 +68.1 secs 11
12 Kevin Magnussen McLaren 70 +78.4 secs 21
13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 70 +84.0 secs 20
14 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 69 +1 Lap 10
15 Jules Bianchi Marussia 69 +1 Lap 15
16 Max Chilton Marussia 69 +1 Lap 18
Ret Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 32 +38 Laps 13
Ret Kamui Kobayashi Caterham 24 +46 Laps 17
Ret Sergio Perez Force India 22 +48 Laps 12
Ret Nico Hulkenberg Force India 14 +56 Laps 9
Ret Romain Grosjean Lotus 10 +60 Laps 14
Ret Marcus Ericsson Caterham 7 +63 Laps 19

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Hello Nickh. I’m responding to your post “Lewis beat Alonso in the same car as a rookie after stunts from Fernando such as deliberately messing up Lewis’ qualifying in Hungary and swerving towards his pit crew on the main straight at Indianapolis because he couldn’t overtake Lewis.”. Couldn’t find it here (perhaps, still on que).

Yes, agreed. When he came to F1, his drives, skills, mentality, focus were outstanding. No other rookie before or since has made such a great impact on debut. Usually, rookies start on sub-par machinery. Though Lewis started on the fast 2007 McLaren, I won’t hold that against him. He definitely rattled Alonso then, no doubt.

A thing to note, perhaps, is that Alonso is way more mature now at Ferrari than he was at McLaren or Renault. It wasn’t just his McLaren days, Alonso even alleged his own pit crew (at Renault) of conspiring against him in his title fight against Schumi.

The important question is, how much more have each driver (Hamilton and Alonso) matured since then. From an outsider’s point of view, I will go with Alonso. He keeps a low profile, rarely make mistakes, and gets the most out of the car each weekend. There’s a good reason he’s called the best out there.

In my opinion, Lewis has allowed himself to be distracted by an entertainment management company interested more about branding him for image and lifestyle propagadtion, rather than as a Formula 1 racing driver. Like I said, this is my outsider point of view. I think this has affected Lewis consistency behind the wheel. Again, just an outsider F1 fan opinion, nothing more.

On another note, It was clear for everyone to see Nico’s left brake disc overheating and smoking. Perhaps, he was in management mode to just do enough to hang onto Verne and hold Vettel back, who did just enough to stay within DRS range of Nico, while holding Hamilton back. Hamilton also did just enough to stay within Vettel’s DRS range behind Vettel. Hamilton positioned for passes against Vettel, but made a good decision not to overwork his machinary at that early stage of the race. When opportunity came, he pounced. He had a better race than Rosberg that day. Such is the formula in F1 right now. Outright comparisons are usually not meritable.

There’s a good reason why some have complained that F1 has become too complicated. This is true in my opinion. The American idiom, “What you see is what you get”, doesn’t apply to F1 right now. Yes, the racing is good in 2014 – lots of fights. Someone outshines the other. It usually looks great, but the same can be circumstantial. Why? Too many variables at play. There’s a good reason why Hamilton hasn’t been consistently 4-5/10ths of a second quicker than Rosberg this season throughout. Sometimes, one driver has an upper hand with the variables working to his favor, sometimes with the other.

Let’s put ’em all in Jim Clark’s Lotus 49 and see the drivers shine without too many variables affecting results.

Ken Kilpatrick

Great drive by Dan, he could be right in the championship if the FIA would give him back the points from the Aussie G.P., double points at the end of the season, who knows a couple more break downs for the Mercs and the door opens wide….Go D.R…..Will RBR give prioroty to D.R. now that he is the only one at RBR that can really have an impact on the championship???


I think all the talk of “conspiray against Lewis” is rubbish! With the money involved running & developing these cars,& the need for both cars to run at the front to compete for the manufacturers championship, which is what they are racing for,not the glory of an individual driver. I think a lot of people are missing the fact that Mercedes are faultering. The brakes are definitely being overworked on them since the removal of the FRIC,and the pressure is starting to show. I’m starting to think that after pre-season testing Mercedes took a 2008 BrawnGP type view that they should “make hay while the sun is shining” by winning as many GP’s as possible until thefield closed the gap,and have thrown new PU componentry at each race,and now that they are “recycling” components to avoid grid penalties,the “True”reliability” of the car is starting to show,e.g. rear brakes are suffering taking extra load to ease braking load on the MGU-H,(probably the only Merc PU weakspot).

This season is going to have a big sting in the tail end,when teams have to start taking Grid Pen’s for new PU components,so maybe the reduced load that the Renault PU has(less power=less load) they may end up coming up trumps.


Wonder how Rosberg will respond in the remainder of the season if he has half the bad luck Lewis has had in the first half – not well I suspect. He is not in the same league as Alonso or Lewis. Good enough to be in F1, but just lucky to be in the best car at present. How good is Daniel Ricciardo. Looking forward to more great races (who would think we would have said that about Hungarian GP) and more great driving – especially from Dan


Can some one please let me know why Ricciardo didn’t use both slick tire options.


Once they have used wet tyres (which they all started on) they aren’t required to use both.


When I saw your comment, Derek’s reply wasn’t there for some reason, so I replied, but now I see his comment and am wondering maybe I’m wrong…


As the race started on “wet inters” he and the entire field had no reason to use both slick compounds as they had already met the two compounds used.


Both mercs should have pitted early – 3 laps before Rosburgs final pitstop and they both could have finished in the top 2, similar to Daniels finish.

Mercs failed in their stratgy too narow minded. if Rosburg could have stopped wiht 14 laps to go so should have Hamilton wiht Soft tyres and not the Mediums that he was running with


Let me get right a driver who comes from pit lane to 3 rd is no good

His team mate goes from 1st to 4th is better

Guy came 2nd from 5th with a rb spinning from 4th is the greatest of all time but his team mate in the same red car came 6th from 16th without mention

Oh & last years champ was super lucky not to hit the wall but ended way back Yet his team mate won the race beating 2 better cars.

Wow some real clever people here


“Raikkonen slow at the start as usual”- he went from 16 to 13 in the first lap & he has made more ground on starts than half the field this year..Also after the first pit stop Raikkonen was consistently lapping faster than anyone- his end of las stint was second Only to the Merc..please get your facts’right.


Sorry, I should have clarified.

Not slow off the line, or on the first lap, just in the first stint. I particularly meant his slow driving on a wet track as it was obvious what Alonso was doing at the front.

He was taking his time coming through against inferior cars. Also, it is easier to make up “more ground on starts than half the field this year” when a driver starts further back than their car’s performance should allow, be it Raikkonen’s fault or someone else’s in the team. Kimi must have profited a lot with the safety car.

Stint lap times can be notoriously unreliable, so being second quickest at the end of a stint only proves he was in clean air between a Williams and Red Bull, and had good tyre life left. Nevertherless, he drove well overall on Sunday.


Who says Rosberg is better than Hamilton? It seems on wet tracks Hamilton’s is a win or bin effort. Very quick, and risks a lot more against other cars, which is why he could pass Vergne and Rosberg failed – not as good at wheel to wheel too. The safety car helped Lewis, hindered his team mate, but Rosberg was still ahead on track, then couldn’t overtake Vergne. Poor. Vettel’s well timed spin helped Hamilton.

Alonso was quick in the early stages, quick throughout. What about Raikkonen? Slow at the start, as usual, his slow driving on a damp track in evidence as Hamilton sailed past. Then Hamilton couldn’t get around Alonso later. As for coming 6th from 16th. The cars between those positions are going more slowly than those racing 1-5. Also, Alonso would have found it difficult to go from 5th on the grid to -5 at the finish.

Vettel made a small mistake and paid the price, and was also unlucky with the safety car. Not a drive any more mistake filled than Alonso’s, who jumped the chicane, or Hamilton, who spun on the approach to turn two on the opening lap. Ricciardo drove well again, and had the element of luck with the safety car. He made decisive overtakes to take victory.


@james you just keep digging deeper holes for yourself. Raikkonen spent half his race fighting Massa in a Williams that is fastest in a straight line. He spent about 15 laps in the middle of race setting fastest lap times. Prior to that he was passing several cars in wet conditions.I dont know what more you want. Fernando was fighting brilliantly at the end of race with shod tyres before that he had the lead of the race by virtue of pitstops & if anything he had clear air more than anyone including Raikkonen ever did!..Raikkonens battle with Massa were very big even if they werent televised he was many times within1/2 sec And running wide trying to pass him on t1..I watched it closely on the app when it wasnt covered on tele..Alonsos battle was brilliant in its own way for fighting the few at the front..but to say Raikkonens drive was not impressive is very sighted.


No mention of Hulk crashing into Perez? Seems James is in need of creating the next superstar and fails to comment anything negative on him…


I was appalled by Mercades orders for Hamilton to let Rosberg passed. I am a fan of Rosberg and dislike Hamilton BUT I feel every driver should be allowed to race, so why should Hamilton move over, especially as he’s challenging for the championship. One thing I do find annoying though is the way everyone is rightfully on Hamiltonian side, when there was the same situation earlier in the year with Vettel & Ricciardo everyone called Vettel a sore loser and a spoiled brat, why?. I will always side with the driver who is right, it doesn’t matter if I like the driver right is right.


With all the Hamilton fans breathing down Mercedes’ neck, i wonder what can Mercedes possibly lose by sacking Hamilton ? Its not like Hamilton is fighting for the title in a substandard car. The car is 1.5 sec/lap faster than the rest., and you can put a Chilton in it and he would be fighting for wins. The cars in todays F1 is such a huge differentiator that it is hard to judge if the best driver is winning. Hamilton’s career when his car wasn’t creme’de la creme is quite ordinary. From that perspective, there has been only one guy who has consistently overcome his car deficits and punched way above the weight of his machine – that is Fernando Alonso. If i were Mercedes, i would let Hamilton go at the end of this year and hire the Hulk. As long as Mercedes keeps building cars this fast, why bother with all the drama ?


It’s hard for me to believe in conspiracy theories, but Mercedes certainly isn’t helping their case if they want to silence the critics. I would understand if Nico was on Lewis’ tail for a whole lap and then the team orders come in to let Nico by, but Nico wasn’t that close. Why should Lewis slow down to let his main competition for the championship past? You could say that Mercedes was just interested in earning more constructor points, but they already have that in the bag. I’m not one to buy into conspiracies, but that is kind of odd. Also, it seemed to me like Nico didn’t really try to pass Lewis in the first place. He had the faster tires when he caught up to Lewis, so why didn’t he at least stay within a second to use DRS? Expecting another driver to let you through isn’t racing, if you want to win then make it happen.


The question to ask (and answer) is this: IF it were ANY other team’s car other than a Mercedes, would Nico Rosberg have asked the question: “Why isn’t he letting me past?” Did he radio to the Mercedes pit wall and request that they put a timely and courteous phone call across to Toro Rosso’s HQ in the UK to ask why Vergne wasn’t ‘letting him past’ for over 10 laps? Why did he feel entitled to be ‘let past’ Hamilton, as opposed to actually DOING what is necessary to MAKE a pass? Hamilton had accepted that he wouldn’t make it difficult for him IF he could even close up. Being 0.6 seconds behind in a corner does NOT a passing situation make. Almost all the time on the straights, he could NOT catch up with Hamilton. Rosberg is undoubtedly a ‘competent’ Formula 1 DRIVER but by no means a RACER. And that’s the difference between them.

German Samurai

Imagine if Alonso on a completely different strategy to his teammate caught up to the back of Raikkonen. Imagine if there was a win at stake for Alonso if Alonso was let past his teammate. Imagine that this is a drying track. To have Alonso and Raikkonen battle for position when they are on completely different strategies would be madness.

Ferrari would expect Alonso to be let through and their would be hell to pay if Raikkonen didn’t.

Ferrari would do it in an instant. Remember they are on completely different strategies. It’s standard procedure for a teammate on a completely different strategy to be let through by a teammate if they are on completely different strategies.


German Samurai,

I genuinely doubt that Alonso would be faffing around behind Raikonnen for 8 laps, begging to be let past and moaning in confusion about not being ‘gifted’ a position. He would utilize his RACING skill and force the issue to MAKE (note this key verb) the PASS. Or there would be a(n unlikely) collision between teammates. We saw it earlier in the season, when there was even less at stake, in Spain just this year.

For the record, please remember that NOBODY, least of all Hamilton, STOPPED Rosberg from actually EXECUTING a PASS. At that stage of the race, while strategies were still unfolding, Hamilton promised that when Rosberg got near enough, he WOULD LET HIM PAST. HE (Rosberg) DID NOT get anywhere near enough. Remember again, that merely getting close due to the ‘concertina’ effect in corners DOES NOT a passing opportunity make.

The only button Rosberg should have been pressing in Hungary was the DRS and/or KERS button, not the radio button to whine! He has just signed a contract extension with Mercedes to RACE. He should do what he’s being paid to do – RACE (anyone of the remaining 21 drivers on the grid, and that includes his own teammate)!


I’m still really annoyed with Mercedes.

After the second round of pit stops Lewis was ahead of Nico by 3 seconds.

Mercedes split strategies, why?

Lewis had all his tyres available, yet it was Rosberg they have the aggressive strategy too, even though he was behind on track, had less new tyres available.

(Before anyone says Nico was ahead, when Lewis came in too pit, he was well ahead)

They messed up massively by not giving Lewis the same strategy an in the process gave up a more than probable Mercedes 1-2

Lewis was in the best position and most likely to win, but he was badly let down by the team, who backed Nico, with an aggressive strategy.



I’m a fan of Lewis Hamilton’s racing, but there is no way at all I could believe Mercedes would deliberately favour Nico’s results over Lewis’s. Do you guys have any idea of the disparity between these two driver’s pay cheques? Do you think Mercedes just do that for a laugh? If they were so fixated on having Nico win the championship, why on earth would they have gone to all that effort of getting Lewis? Surely they’d have stuck with Schumacher and kept the all-German line-up – or have gone for any other driver at all to act as a number-2 for Nico?

I think it was a pretty foolish request to make considering Lewis’s sensitivity and appalling bad luck this year – but I do understand where they were coming from – they were trying to maximise results for the team. However – Lewis was bang-on – Nico was nowhere near him and it would have been crazy for Lewis to lose ground to Alonso by slowing down 1-2 seconds for Nico.

A fantastic race – like many this year…


I understand people thinking Mercedes wouldn’t pay Lewis all that money then favour Nico.

But think about it this way, Lewis is one of, if not the fastest driver on raw pace, he is very good at getting the best out of his car, especially I’m qualifying.

When they signed Lewis, they needed a driver to help make that bit of difference when it’s very tight with another team

But this year, they have the most dominant car in living memory and would win with any driver barring reliability.

Meaning the reasons they hired Lewis aren’t applicable this year, so a German team which is guaranteed to win both championships, favouring the German driver is not that unbelievable is it?

Tornillo Amarillo

If you want to win, you cannot let Lewis in another team…


For Hamilton: The greatest opportunity to be a racer and to show it. Hats off so far.

For Mercedes: A close call on image as any reliability issue happening to Hamilton is amplified..

For the Merc Future: Without Hamilton would become a really difficult branding strategy.

For the F1: To maintain a team advantage by blocking developments need good ideas to preserve the essence of the competition. Only aero engineers can race together with pilots? The rest are racing alone for the next year, what a pity..

For any brand: to be the fastest of the solwest F1 cars and to have others unable to do anything is not such convenient I think…


Dan tharshed all the mulitiple world champions with a decent car…Alonso/Ham lost out to a Kid..what a shame…


Just simply the best race from a wet track to drying up, what more can we ask for.

How did Alonso run the soft for 31 laps was amazing. DODT.

Good that Lewis didn’t let Nico through, as a fan the WCC is not of my concern.

Ric was fantastic too. Every race seems to be better than the last, no complains at all.

Never a dull moment through the race and the safety car deployed was appropriate with so much bits pieces of carbon fibre all over the accident areas. I rate this race 9 over 10.


ecclestone should use this opportunity to get the government to pay for the london grand prixg because they have refused to fund the british grand prix every time they’ve been asked in the past and now they think they can ask f1 not to go to russia? where’s the logic? full attack ecclestone!


Hamilton made the right call. Nico was just too far behind and not gaining. Even if he was closer, with such a close fight for the championship, there should be no team orders at all.


Also think the team shouldn’t “split” strategies. It’s clear that merc will win the constructors so let the drivers and their engineers make the call and race each other.


Why didn’t Rosberg pass JEV ? The delay cost Mercedes a victory and possible 1-2.

Michael in Sydney

We can all be very thankful that the terms Formula 1 and Motor Racing are as meaningful and relevant to each other as they have been of late.

What a great display of driving from so many, held at such a frantic pace and rate of change. Hungary will never be the same again.

So many different scenarios could have played out. If only Nico / his crew had realised Lewis would not relinquish time and had pitted earlier. He would have been out on his last set of rubber (albeit not fresh) a lot sooner and for a lot longer. He only needed an extra lap or 2 to have passed probably both HAM and ALO. He was gaining up to 3 seconds a lap over last 8 laps.

Certainly not without racing incident and issue either – Nico and Daniel suffered from technical issues that hampered their progress. I do not know what to make of HAM on the radio several times saying that something was wrong: be it a vibration, brakes, or a warming derriere. It didn’t seem to slow him down or delay him and it seemed that as soon as it appeared, it had disappeared. Nothing like airplay, I guess.

Well done to Ferrari, a long deserved reward. I really admire Fernando Alonso for his ‘craft’. It brings great credit to the sport in my view to watch him so genuinely congratulate RIC in parc ferme. Indeed he does this quite often and being a proud Aussie – though half German – he’ll be doing more of it!!!

Contrast the behaviour of certain other team mates recently, where frankly, I think certain people need to pull their heads in and focus on the sport and not on their bruised egos.

Sahir Siddiqui

One of the most exciting races I’ve watched – though not as exciting as the German GP last week!It was actually quite a complicated race to follow. Most of the time I didn’t understand why they were making pit stops when did made them.

James, your writeup definitely explained and simplified things for me.

Do you think Mercedes panicked and erred in not stopping Rosberg earlier for his final stop? Ricciardo pitted on lap 55 and he won! Nico was stuck behind Lewis from lap 47 till his stop at 57. If he had stopped with Ricciardo, that would have allowed him to beat Lewis and be in contention for the win, don’t you think?


The Strategy Report tomorrow will explain a lot more of why the stops were made etc and what was going on


Hi James, can you please look into why Lewis wasn’t given the same strategy as Nico, when he came out 3 seconds ahead of Nico after the second pit stops.

Lewis was Mercedes best chance of a win, wether that was overtaking Alonso quickly so he could build a small gap, rather than lose time behind Alonso or by Putting Lewis on 2 stints on the softs instead of 1 stint on hards.

Thanks for this site James, really is a great platform for us F1 nuts 🙂


Full explanation tomorrow in the Strategy Report, we’ve spoken to F1 team strategists who were there making decisions


Hamilton will have his karma: ignoring the orders of the team. Nico will do the same next time and it may prove costly for Hamilton then.

Ferrari had a chance to pit Alonso under SC, but they missed it. So they are as goofy as they can be.

It is good that Alonso did not win the race, otherwise some journalists (in BBC) and fans here will claim Christ has been reborn in F1.


@ Sri

“It is good that Alonso did not win the race, otherwise some journalists (in BBC) and fans here will claim Christ has been reborn in F1” – Seems like you are very happy with the fact Alonso have not won the race

[mod] Yes i have read much of your posts here and i can understand you people despise Alonso at every comment or chance.

Yet you cannot discount the drive who Alonso have put in hungary for the fans. That was a stunner From ALonso and drive of the season thus far in F1 2014. There is no substitute for performance and when it comes to the Results none of other pilots can deliver like Alonso does in this planet.


Red Bull wins the weekend.

Well done to Redbull scoring 31 points compared to Mercedes 27 points.

Fantastic result for Ricciardo. Great drive.


If Mercedes AMG F1 just wanted to win, why didn’t they simply give Hamilton 2 stints on the softs instead of 1 stint on inter’s?


Because they saw Rosberg cannot overtake anyone and they stupidly believed Lewis would do the same. Anyone who has watched F1 for years know Lewis can and will overtake.

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