” Daniel Ricciardo won a thrilling Hungarian Grand Prix that had drama, controversy and wheel-to-wheel racing to rival any race this season.
Ricciardo took the lead after pulling two brave overtaking moves on lap 67 and 68 to move from third to first in the final three laps. Fernando Alonso held on for an equally impressive second place in the Ferrari ahead of the warring Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, which were both in contention for the lead in the closing stages.
Ricciardo was helped and Rosberg hindered by an early safety car to clear the wreckage of Marcus Ericsson’s Caterham, but that should take nothing from the Red Bull driver’s aggressive and measured push for victory during the remainder of the race. Alonso managed to complete 32 laps on a single set of soft tyres, as mixed conditions made way for tyre strategy in the second half of the race. Hamilton’s third place was also remarkable given that he started from the pit lane and had a spin at the second corner that could have eliminated him from the race on lap one.
Felipe Massa took fifth from Kimi Raikkonen, Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas who all had fascinating races of their own over the course of the 70-lap distance. Jean-Eric Vergne took ninth in the Toro Rosso after running as high as second at one point while Jenson Button, who led after the first safety car, took the final point in tenth.
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