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Ricciardo elated with second Formula 1 victory in Hungary

Jul 27, 2014, 10:45 AM EDT

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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.”

  1. worknman24hours - Jul 27, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Hell of a race there Daniel.

    You earned that first place the hard way.

    Team win too,great effort all the way around.

  2. thecmg - Jul 27, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    Love his fair driving style and even more so his personality. Polar opposite of his teammate the perennial grump Vettel.

  3. testover6370 - Jul 28, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    I really like this guy. Can’t wait to see him win more, he really lives it up.

  4. techmeister1 - Jul 28, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Good drive for Ricciardo. While the rain skewed the results, we see Vettel struggling to perform even close to his teammate.

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