The 2014 Formula 1 Hungarian GP is in the record books, and it was easily the most thrilling race of 2014 – if not the past few years! – with lead changes, strategy, changing weather conditions, and a closely-fought final few laps that saw so many daring moves and so much incredible driving that I don’t know where to start. As such, I’ll start with the winner of the 2014 Hungarian GP: Daniel Ricciardo.
Ricciardo’s talent and dogged determination continues to be the revelation of the 2014 F1 season. Where his 4-time World Drivers’ Championship-winning teammate struggles, Ricciardo soars, it seems – and it was no different in Hungary. Red Bull and Ricciardo made a brave call to switch to slick tires early in the race, while everyone else was on intermediate rain tires. That set Ricciardo up for a late stop for soft compound tires on a newly dry track, and allowed him to haul in Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes (which had been running second) and easily pass Fernando Alonso’s ailing Ferrari to take the lead with a handful of laps to go.
It was an incredible set of brass-balled maneuvers on the part of Ricciardo, and you have to imagine that if his Renault engine was worth a damn, he’d be winning every race. And that by a wide margin!
Second-place finisher Fernando Alonso also put in a thrilling drive, willing the clumsy 2014 Ferrari around the Hungaroring’s tight, twisty track like a master. He tires were shot with 15 laps to go, and it looked like Alonso would have to let a hard-charging Lewis Hamilton driving a superior, more-powerful car on fresher tires past. If it really did look that way, though, no one told Fernando Alonso, and he turned the 2014 Hungarian GP into a master class of tenacity and courage, fish-tailing out of corners and forcing Hamilton to make dodgy moves that, eventually, allowed Ricciardo to catch up and make short work of the Mercedes driver.
For his part, Hamilton, who started the race from pit row after a disastrous crash in Saturday’s qualifying session, looked more than once like he’d end up the race winner. On the last lap, however, it was all he could do to hold back a frustrated and bitchy Nico Rosberg, who had gobbled up the gap to Hamilton at a rate of 3 seconds/lap and who, it should be said, would have passed Lewis if he hadn’t been run wide off the track.
Further back in the pack, Jenson Button went all-in for rain and lost, opting for fresh intermediates when everyone else went to slicks and forcing himself to finish the Hungarian GP with the burden of an extra pit stop on his back. Kimi Raikkonen also put in a solid drive, putting yesterday’s ludicrous display behind him and scoring solid points for the Scuderia. And Sebastian Vettel
Still further back, Sergio Perez decided he’d finally had enough of that stupid wall, and speared it mercilessly with his Force India Mercedes. Sergio seemed fine and was able to walk away from the crash under his own power, but both the wall and his Force India machine suffered fatal injuries. Marcus Ericcson also had a nasty crash in his Caterham, but such is the fate of back-markers that the camera barely lingered on the scene, so … maybe he lived? Probably?
We’ll see if Ericsson’s back after the summer holiday, I guess – until then, I leave you with the full results of the 2014 Hungarian GP, below, and invite negative comments about Rosberg at the bottom of the page. Enjoy!
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing-Renault||1|
|1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||7|
|11||Sergio Perez||Force India-Mercedes||Ret.|
|27||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||Ret.|