Hungarian Grand Prix, Hungaroring, July 27th 2014

Positions at race end

  • 1st: Daniel Ricciardo
    Infiniti Red Bull Racing
    Pit stops: 3

  • 2nd: Fernando Alonso
    Scuderia Ferrari
    Pit stops: 2

  • 3rd: Lewis Hamilton
    Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
    Pit stops: 2

  • 4th: Nico Rosberg
    Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
    Pit stops: 3

  • 5th: Felipe Massa
    Williams Martini Racing
    Pit stops: 3

  • 6th: Kimi Räikkönen
    Scuderia Ferrari
    Pit stops: 2

  • 7th: Sebastian Vettel
    Infiniti Red Bull Racing
    Pit stops: 2

  • 8th: Valtteri Bottas
    Williams Martini Racing
    Pit stops: 3

  • 9th: Jean-Éric Vergne
    Scuderia Toro Rosso
    Pit stops: 2

  • 10th: Jenson Button
    McLaren Mercedes
    Pit stops: 3

  • 11th: Adrian Sutil
    Sauber F1 Team
    Pit stops: 2

  • 12th: Kevin Magnussen
    McLaren Mercedes
    Pit stops: 2

  • 13th: Pastor Maldonado
    Lotus F1 Team
    Pit stops: 3

  • 14th: Daniil Kvyat
    Scuderia Toro Rosso
    Pit stops: 2
    1 LAP(s)

  • 15th: Jules Bianchi
    Marussia F1 Team
    Pit stops: 3
    1 LAP(s)

  • 16th: Max Chilton
    Marussia F1 Team
    Pit stops: 2
    1 LAP(s)

  • 17th: Esteban Gutièrrez
    Sauber F1 Team
    Pit stops: 2
    +38 LAP(s)s

  • 18th: Kamui Kobayashi
    Caterham F1 Team
    Pit stops: 1
    +46 LAP(s)s

  • 19th: Sergio Pérez
    Sahara Force India F1 Team
    Pit stops: 1
    +48 LAP(s)s

  • 20th: Nico Hülkenberg
    Sahara Force India F1 Team
    Pit stops: 1
    +56 LAP(s)s

  • 21st: Romain Grosjean
    Lotus F1 Team
    Pit stops: 1
    +60 LAP(s)s

  • 22nd: Marcus Ericsson
    Caterham F1 Team
    Pit stops: 0
    +63 LAP(s)s


Race report

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo claimed his second hugely dramatic and unexpected win of the season in an epic and unpredictable Hungarian GP in which the wheel of fortune in Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg’s title battle turned spectacularly.


In a race of more twists and turns than the Hungaroring itself, as a pre-race downpour and two Safety Car periods repeatedly served to shuffle the order, Hamilton brilliantly defied the Q1 qualifying fire which left him starting from the pitlane to take advantage of all the opportunities that came his way across a thrilling 70 laps to not only claim the most unlikely of podium finishes with third but beat his championship-leading team-mate Rosberg in the process.

It means that, having expected to head into the summer break more than 20 points adrift of Rosberg in the standings, Hamilton has trimmed his team-mate's advantage to just 11 points.

However, the tension which has simmered under the surface at Mercedes since it spilled over in public in Monaco in May, may be reopened behind the scenes after Hamilton chose not to obey an instruction to let his team-mate through prior to the German's final stop.

For a while it had even looked as though Hamilton may become the first driver in history to win from a pitlane start after the pair of Safety Cars, called for big crashes for Marcus Ericsson and Sergio Perez respectively, threw up numerous strategic permutations at the front and resulted in Fernando Alonso, Hamilton and Ricciardo heading into the closing laps nose-to-tail.

But it was Ricciardo, having run a long middle stint on soft tyres, who crucially was on the freshest rubber and in a series of bold, incisive moves similar to those that took the Australian to his maiden F1 win in Canada last month passed first Hamilton and then Alonso to take the second stunning win of his fast-bourgeoning F1 career.

And while Hamilton couldn't quite deny Alonso second place and Ferrari's best result of their underwhelming season, beating Rosberg to third was of far greater championship significance - and all the more unlikely after his two-month run of qualifying woes had plunged new depths on Saturday.

Such an intra-team turnaround had certainly seemed in the realms of fantasy in the wet early stages of the race as Rosberg quickly converted his pole into a six-second lead and Hamilton, with cold tyres and brakes following the first pitlane start of his F1 career, damaged his front-wing when he spun into the barrier under braking for the second corner.

However, whether a sign that his luck in Budapest was finally beginning the turn, the damage sustained wasn't significant enough to affect the Briton's pace and he soon started carving his way up the order to the point where he was running 14th by the time Ericsson dropped his Caterham into the Turn Three barriers on lap nine.

The timing of Ericsson's crash was particularly bad for the early top four - Rosberg, Valtteri Bottas, Sebastian Vettel and Alonso - as it came just after they had passed the pitlane entry. With the quartet therefore having to complete an additional lap at a controlled speed, while the cars behind were able to pit, Rosberg fed back to the track in fourth place.

Worse was to come for the championship leader when, appearing to have a brake concern at the restart, he was soon swamped by Alonso and Jean-Eric Vergne as Hamilton swiftly made up yet more ground from 13th. It meant that, having been separated by 21 cars at the start, just Vettel stood between the two Mercedes' by lap 16.

From there the race took probably its only 'breather' with neither Rosberg unable to overtake Vergne nor Hamilton Vettel. Ricciardo, meanwhile, had inherited the lead through the pitstops and was slowly opening up a handy lead over Massa and Alonso at the front.

But on lap 23 the race was effectively reset once more as Perez smashed into the pitwall after running wide over the greasy Astroturf at the final corner. While race leader Ricciardo chose to pit, the Mercedes' continued and Hamilton's race opened up on lap 33 when Rosberg pitted and Vettel had a identical spin to Perez, the only difference being for the World Champion that he just avoided serious contact with the pitwall.

With Rosberg slowed by a 4.9-second service, and then feeding back into traffic, Hamilton went seven laps longer than his team-mate and then re-emerged back ahead, albeit on the slower medium tyres to his team-mate's soft.

With Hamilton clearly trying to the end on his compound, Rosberg caught him back up on the quicker 'option' but, in a decision that could have wider repercussions for the season, the Briton ignored several instructions to let his championship rival through.

"I'm not slowing down for Nico," declared Hamilton. "Get close and then he can overtake me." As it was, Rosberg actually slipped back slightly before pitting for fresh tyres with 13 laps to go.

As the battle for the victory between Alonso, Hamilton and Ricciardo reached a crescendo at the front, Rosberg caught Hamilton back up with two laps to go but, despite a battle through to Turn Three on the last lap, it was the Briton who held on.

Behind the top four, Massa made up for his recent woes with a fifth place for Williams, with Kimi Raikkonen securing his own much-needed strong result in sixth. Vettel, after his lurid spin, was seventh ahead of Bottas, Vergne and Jenson Button.


Qualification - Hungarian Grand Prix, Hungaroring, July 26th 2014

1Nico RosbergDEUMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:22.715
2Sebastian VettelDEUInfiniti Red Bull Racing+0.486s
3Valtteri BottasFINWilliams Martini Racing+0.639s
4Daniel RicciardoAUSInfiniti Red Bull Racing+0.676s
5Fernando AlonsoESPScuderia Ferrari+1.194s
6Felipe MassaBRAWilliams Martini Racing+1.508s
7Jenson ButtonGBRMcLaren Mercedes+1.579s
8Jean-Éric VergneFRAScuderia Toro Rosso+2.005s
9Nico HülkenbergDEUSahara Force India F1 Team+2.060s
10Kevin MagnussenDANMcLaren Mercedes+1.870s
11Daniil KvyatRUSScuderia Toro Rosso+1.991s
12Adrian SutilDEUSauber F1 Team+2.421s
13Sergio PérezMEXSahara Force India F1 Team+2.496s
14Esteban GutièrrezMEXSauber F1 Team+2.545s
15Romain GrosjeanFRALotus F1 Team+2.622s
16Jules BianchiFRAMarussia F1 Team+4.704s
17Kimi RäikkönenFINScuderia Ferrari+4.077s
18Kamui KobayashiJPNCaterham F1 Team+4.424s
19Max ChiltonGBRMarussia F1 Team+5.104s
20Marcus EricssonSWECaterham F1 Team+5.928s
21Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Teamno time
22Pastor MaldonadoVENLotus F1 Teamno time

Driver Standings

1Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team384
2Nico RosbergDEUMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team317
3Daniel RicciardoAUSInfiniti Red Bull Racing238
4Valtteri BottasFINWilliams Martini Racing186
5Sebastian VettelDEUInfiniti Red Bull Racing167
6Fernando AlonsoESPScuderia Ferrari161
7Felipe MassaBRAWilliams Martini Racing134
8Jenson ButtonGBRMcLaren Mercedes126
9Nico HülkenbergDEUSahara Force India F1 Team96
10Sergio PérezMEXSahara Force India F1 Team59
11Kevin MagnussenDANMcLaren Mercedes55
12Kimi RäikkönenFINScuderia Ferrari55
13Jean-Éric VergneFRAScuderia Toro Rosso22
14Romain GrosjeanFRALotus F1 Team8
15Daniil KvyatRUSScuderia Toro Rosso8
16Jules BianchiFRAMarussia F1 Team2
17Pastor MaldonadoVENLotus F1 Team2
18Max ChiltonGBRMarussia F1 Team0
19Marcus EricssonSWECaterham F1 Team0
20Adrian SutilDEUSauber F1 Team0
21Esteban GutièrrezMEXSauber F1 Team0
22Kamui KobayashiJPNCaterham F1 Team0
23Andre LottererDEUCaterham F1 Team0
24Will StevensGBRCaterham F1 Team0

Hungarian Grand Prix, Hungaroring, July 27th 2014

1Daniel RicciardoAUSInfiniti Red Bull Racing1:53:05.058
2Fernando AlonsoESPScuderia Ferrari05.225
3Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team05.857
4Nico RosbergDEUMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team06.361
5Felipe MassaBRAWilliams Martini Racing29.841
6Kimi RäikkönenFINScuderia Ferrari31.491
7Sebastian VettelDEUInfiniti Red Bull Racing40.964
8Valtteri BottasFINWilliams Martini Racing41.344
9Jean-Éric VergneFRAScuderia Toro Rosso58.527
10Jenson ButtonGBRMcLaren Mercedes+1:07.280
11Adrian SutilDEUSauber F1 Team+1:08.169
12Kevin MagnussenDANMcLaren Mercedes+1:18.465
13Pastor MaldonadoVENLotus F1 Team+1:24.024
14Daniil KvyatRUSScuderia Toro Rosso1 lap(s)
15Jules BianchiFRAMarussia F1 Team1 lap(s)
16Max ChiltonGBRMarussia F1 Team1 lap(s)
17Esteban GutièrrezMEXSauber F1 Team38 lap(s)
18Kamui KobayashiJPNCaterham F1 Team46 lap(s)
19Sergio PérezMEXSahara Force India F1 Team48 lap(s)
20Nico HülkenbergDEUSahara Force India F1 Team56 lap(s)
21Romain GrosjeanFRALotus F1 Team60 lap(s)
22Marcus EricssonSWECaterham F1 Team63 lap(s)