Daniil Kvyat achieved his best F1 result to date and scored his first F1 podium with a second place finish in today’s action packed Hungarian Grand Prix.
— Red Bull Racing (@redbullracing) July 26, 2015
The Red Bull youngster put in a strong drive all afternoon, only hampered by a non-consequential 10 second penalty which was added to his race time for exceeding track limits when overtaking Lewis Hamilton.
Although team mate Ricciardo was the stronger of the two Red Bulls, the Russian retained an advantage over the Australian as the latter fought handling problems after a contact with Rosberg.
“After the safety car restart, there was an open fight for the podium between all of us,” Kvyat said. “But to be honest I have to give credit to Daniel as I think he had a better chance for victory this weekend than I did. He did the right thing to go for it.”
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Still, Daniil’s result demonstrated his still burgeoning talent and his faculty to make the most of any opportunities which may swing his way.
“It’s hard to describe what I feel today. Today I learned never to give up whatever happens – others were fighting around me and I found myself in second. This weekend I have been able to take every opportunity, and that’s why I’m here now.”
Nico Rosberg admits he is “gutted” to have lost out on so many points in the Hungarian Grand Prix after a late collision with Daniel Ricciardo.
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The Mercedes driver was running in second place when Ricciardo attempted to overtake in to Turn 1 and ran deep in to the corner. Rosberg took the racing line on exit but the Red Bull was still on his outside and contact left Rosberg with a puncture which dropped him to eighth place at the finish.
“It was going very well, I was very pleased with the race until lap 64 and after that just nowhere, and that’s a real pity,” Rosberg said. “Sport is really tough sometimes, to lose all those points, but it’s the way it is.”
Rosberg reluctantly accepted the stewards’ decision not to penalise either driver, but hinted he felt Ricciardo was at fault.
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“I assumed it was my corner because I took the ideal line and he just went straight on because he braked very late, but he still had his front wing there and didn’t back out of it. But the FIA decided no action so nobody has fault then, I guess. “
Asked if he is looking forward to the summer break, Rosberg replied: “After a race like that I want to race again tomorrow! I’m gutted about today.”
Sebastian Vettel won his first Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday in an action-packed race that saw him equal Ayrton Senna’s total of 41 Grand Prix victories.
— Formula 1 (@F1) July 26, 2015
The four-time world champion — winning his second race of the season — took the chequered flag in his Ferrari and immediately paid tribute to French driver Jules Bianchi who died on July 27 from injuries sustained at the Japanese Grand Prix last year and was buried on Tuesday.
Two Red Bulls followed him home, 21-year-old Russian Daniil Kvyat taking his first podium finish in second and last year’s winner, Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo, was third.
Max Verstappen produced a wonderful drive for a 17-year-old to guide his Toro Rosso into fourth on a track where his father Jos finished on the podium in 1994.
Lewis Hamilton never looked likely to win a record fifth Hungarian Grand Prix but still managed to extend his lead in the overall standings as Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg suffered a puncture with only a few laps remaining and ended up behind him.
It was the first time this season that neither of the Mercedes cars finished on the podium.