Ricciardo’s second win and Hamilton emulates Vettel

2014 Hungarian Grand Prix stats and facts

Daniel Ricciardo, Lewis Hamilton, Hungaroring, 2014Daniel Ricciardo joined the ranks of the multiple grand prix winners with his second victory of the year at the Hungaroring.

He is the 73rd driver to win more than one race, and joins other two-time winners such as Wolfgang von Trips, Patrick Depailler, Jean-Pierre Jabouille and Elio de Angelis.

On his way Red Bull passed their 3,000th lap in the lead. They are fifth in the all-time list but need almost twice as many again to catch Lotus, who are on 5,623.

This was the 29th running of the Hungarian Grand Prix and Ricciardo is the fifth driver to win it having started lower than third place. Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton also won from fourth, in 2005 and 2009 respectively, Nigel Mansell won from 12th in 1989 and Jenson Button lined up 14th when he won in 2006.

At one point it seemed Hamilton might achieve the never-before-seen feat of winning a race having started in the pit lane. He ended up in third place, which is also where Sebastian Vettel finished having started from the pits in the 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

For the second race in a row Hamilton broke his personal best record for most places gained during a race. Having made up 17 in Germany, he climbed 19 in Hungary (aided by Daniil Kvyat failing to get away on the formation lap). The all-time record position gain is 30 in a world championship race (Jim Rathmann, 1957 Indianapolis 500) and 26 in a Formula One race (Roberto Mieres, 1954 British Grand Prix), both of which are obviously unbreakable for now as the current grid is too small.

Surprisingly, given their crushing form this year, Mercedes did not get a victory in their 100th Formula One race. Their first dozen starts were in the fifties – and they won nine of them. The remaining 88 occured since their 2010 comeback.

But Hamilton’s third place earned their 50th podium finish, which gives them as many as Ligier. Also Nico Rosberg notched up another pole position – his tenth, putting him level with Jochen Rindt. He also took the fastest lap, the eighth of his career, which places him alongside James Hunt, Gilles Villeneuve, Ralf Schumacher and Button.

Both Ferrari drivers achieved their best results of the season so far: Fernando Alonso second, Raikkonen sixth having gained ten places from his starting position.

Alonso is now the only driver to have scored at every race this year – Nico Hulkenberg’s crash on lap 15 ended a 12-race run of points finishes which began at last year’s United States Grand Prix. Force India’s run of points finishes this year also came to an end when Sergio Perez crashed out.

Jenson Button became the eighth different driver to lead a race this year, heading the field for a single lap. The last time a season was completed with no more than eight different race leaders was in 2011.

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76 comments on Ricciardo’s second win and Hamilton emulates Vettel

  1. kpcart said on 28th July 2014, 12:15

    This race also means McLaren from 1988 will remain the most successful team in f1 history, as with 2 no wins Mercedes can not match them now (percentage wise), I blame Hamilton for not letting Rosberg through, if he had, at the end of the race Rosberg would have had several more laps to try pass Hamilton, Alonso and Ricciardo, and with the tyres he had he would have done it, unless Hamilton drove him off the road again haha

    • Breno (@austus) said on 28th July 2014, 12:27

      In that situation the train would look like Alo Ham Ros Ric, right? I think with another driver fighting for position Alonso would’ve won, Hamilton would be trying his hardest to keep him behind and Ricciardo would have to pass someone with a better engine and same rubber.

    • Theoddkiwi (@theoddkiwi) said on 28th July 2014, 12:45

      Missing the part where Toto Wolf basically said neither driver would have won the race.
      At best one of them could have come second, but they could have pitted Hamilton for the softs to switch to a three stopper. I think he would have caught and passed Alonso.

      • matt90 (@matt90) said on 28th July 2014, 12:51

        I wonder if Hamilton with two soft stints in place of the medium stint would have caught back up to Alonso early enough to challenge Ricciardo.

        • Sam said on 28th July 2014, 13:01

          Indeed Toto Wolf underestimated Hamilton’s pace, if he’d done 2 more stints on the softs he would probably have ended the race 20-30 seconds further up the road

      • hobo (@hobo) said on 28th July 2014, 15:09

        @theoddkiwi – I am not really taking a side here, both have valid arguments.

        But I think you are missing the part where, when pressed, Toto said:
        “If Lewis had let Nico go, Nico could have won the race, but as a racer, a driver, I can understand why Lewis didn’t obey.” (source)

        • And can you tell me why dear Toto felt Rosberg was their chance to win when Lewis was one second ahead, he seemed to be racing better on the day, he is known to be master in Hungary and had nice fresh unused softs in the garage that Rosberg did not?

          Why didn’t they just pulled Hamilton in the pits and put his nice unused softs and let him push to the end for the win if they believed that putting Rosberg in the pits and putting used softs could give him a chance to win?
          Is like Mercedes couldn’t contemplate the idea of Hamilton winning simply because he started from the pit-lane despite the events changing and now having the advantage over his teammate. Is like they were thinking so slowly they just couldn’t improvise at all when the race changed.
          Is ridiculous that all this strategist and data collectors are so incapable of making a choice on the go when conditions change and stick with the before the race, race-plan simply because they are too rigid.
          What are they getting payed for then? Hire me then.

          Hell even if they were only thinking of Rosberg winning they still made a mess of it when he got close to Hamilton by not pitting him 3-4 laps earlier and avoid all the silly pit-radio and give him more speed. Did those softs looked like they had no more life in them when Rosberg was finishing? Of course not, they still had good fast laps in them. So what were they doing giving silly instructions to Hamilton instead of throwing Rosberg into the pit and changing tyres. And don’t tell me this is in hindsight. Is not. I was yelling at why they just weren’t pitting him when the laps where obviously enough for a car that has little fuel by now to go full attack. I knew as such by seeing how much life the tyres had in general with more fuel etc and how many laps were done on them by all cars etc. How can me, a silly guy in his bed watching this race on my Tv can see such things and this high payed people can’t is crazy.

          I can think only of two reasons such things happen. Ether the whole F1 spectacle is a silly set-up thing and we have no idea, or this people are so absorbed in their little computers and number crashing that until they do all their little calculating etc any chance for a quick think is gone and at the same time they lose the ability to see the simply obvious picture that even a viewer watching TV can see. Is like they try to be too smart for their own good with their little super computers and 20 strategist data crashers etc inside the pits that they completely lost the ability to see the obvious and be flexible.

          • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 19th November 2014, 21:26


            Toto felt Rosberg was their chance to win

            Wolff did not say Hamilton was told to let Rosberg past because they felt Rosberg offered their best chance to win the race. They did it to give Rosberg a better chance of winning the race, which is not the same thing.

    • matt90 (@matt90) said on 28th July 2014, 12:48

      I blame Rosberg for getting stuck behind Vergne.

    • JerseyF1 (@jerseyf1) said on 28th July 2014, 14:25

      I blame Hamilton for not letting Rosberg through

      I blame Alonso for not letting Hamilton through. If Alonso had let his competitor through then Ricciardo would have had a more difficult job catching Hamilton and might not have got past before the finish. However, I’m not sure that letting your rivals overtake you is really a normal part of F1.

      • kpcart said on 28th July 2014, 15:14

        you realise it is a team sport don’t you? Alonso is not on ricciardo’s team. teams often give an order when the teams are on different strategies.

        • David BR2 said on 28th July 2014, 20:54

          It wasn’t a ‘team order’ in the classic sense, though, it was advice to Hamilton that Rosberg was on a different strategy, so the ‘normal’ code between team mates should apply, don’t impede the other driver coming through. Hamilton accepted that point. Accept Rosberg didn’t come through, he didn’t get near. Hamilton would have to compromise his own race and positions chances in favour of Rosberg.

          Even Mercedes now agree they’d asked the unacceptable from Hamilton. Good luck with your lonesome furrow.

      • kpcart said on 28th July 2014, 15:18

        looking at it from a team point of view, Hamilton let down the team, even though he kept himself ahead of Rosberg. have it each way you want – but I saw hamiltons performance as selfish, the team had a chance at a historical record, he should have realised he gained a heap of time thanks to 2 safety cars and not got greedy for the win which did not eventuate – in the last lap he resorted to driving his teammate off the road to keep position, I did not like that behaviour. he should have respected his teams call – he did not look too happy with himself after the race for good reason.

        • Shrieker (@shrieker) said on 28th July 2014, 16:02

          He did not look happy because the bloody the team wanted him to bend over and take it up the a** from his championship rival. And he had every right not to let him through. Even still, he had the grace to say over the radio that he wouldn’t contest the position if Nico drew alongside. Nico could do that to neither K-Mag nor JEV earlier in the race, and of course he couldn’t get close to Lewis.

        • trublu (@trublu) said on 28th July 2014, 16:40

          Team sport!? What a pitiful excuse! Hamilton did not look happy after the race because his team botched the call on tires and almost compounded it by asking him to move over so Rosberg who couldn’t get past JEV.

          Sorry, Hamilton didn’t drive Rosberg off the track to defend. Rosberg even acknowledged that it was fair racing. Go find anther excuse.

        • John H (@john-h) said on 28th July 2014, 21:13

          You are in the minority with this opinion I’m afraid, especially as Hamilton probably would have let him through had he been close enough.

    • Shrieker (@shrieker) said on 28th July 2014, 15:56

      You should blame Rosberg himself for not winning really. First he let K-Mag past, and then trying to pass him he lost a position to JEV, and failed miserably in his attempts to take the position back. It took only 1 lap for Hamilton to dispose of JEV after Nico pitted. Though to Nico’s credit, JEV’s tires were completely dead at that point, but Lewis still had to make it through and he did so with swashbuckling style.

  2. Sumedh said on 28th July 2014, 12:44

    First time that intermediate tyres were used in a race since Malaysian Grand Prix 2013.

    The wet tyres have not been used in a race since the 2012 Brazilian GP.

  3. sato113 (@sato113) said on 28th July 2014, 13:03

    Hamilton is the first driver to ever lead a race from starting in the pit lane.

  4. andae23 (@andae23) said on 28th July 2014, 13:05

    For the third time in four races, the pole sitter did not finish on the podium. The last time this happened this often was in 2010, when Sebastian Vettel finished fourth, retired and finished sixth at the Bahrain, Australian and Chinese Grands Prix respectively.

  5. There’s quite a few similarities between the 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the 2014 Hungarian Grand Prix:

    Both races featured a driver finish third from the pit lane and ahead of their team mate with a scare along the way, a car stalling on the grid, Fernando Alonso in second, Kimi Raikkonen’s best result of the season so far, Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India retiring from a collision, two safety cars, the polesitter not on the podium, Lewis Hamilton suffer a problem during the weekend, and both were without doubt a thriller.

  6. matt90 (@matt90) said on 28th July 2014, 13:56

    This was the first time Mercedes has had a car finish off the podium this year.

  7. Little_M_Lo (@pezlo2013) said on 28th July 2014, 14:05

    I don’t want to sound too enthusiastic being Australian, but I believe Ricciardo is still a title contender this year.
    If he had scored the 30 points he lost in Melbourne and Kuala Lumpur, he would be just 41 points off Rosberg, 30 off Hamilton. 71 points off 1st does fully reveal how well Ricciardo has performed over the course of the season in a car where its reliability was that much of a joke in pre-season testing.
    After Spa and Monza, there are a few races which could give Mercedes a few hiccups, including Singapore and Interlagos.
    As we have already seen, Ricciardo has had his share of luck through both of his wins in Canada and Hungary.
    It will be damage limitation for Red Bull, but if Ricciardo can win straight afterwards in Singapore or Japan, do not ride him off if Mercedes are still making it hard for themselves.

    • Alex W said on 28th July 2014, 14:27

      Kobi is a contender too, but only if all the other cars break down.
      Mathematically possible, yes, but on current form, it is unfathomable to think that a Merc driver won’t win the WDC, the only thing that could stop them being some kind of team withdrawal / cheating scandal or a massive 2 second trick upgrade from any other team…. all those options 1000-1.

    • tino852 (@tino852) said on 28th July 2014, 14:29

      He’s good but don’t push it.

    • Patrickl (@patrickl) said on 28th July 2014, 15:09

      Why would you add back the lost points for Ricciardo, but fail to do so for the bad luck that Hamilton had. or Rosberg for that matter?

      If they all hadn’t had their problems, Ricciardo would lose some points of those 30 extra and both Mercedes guys would have extra points. Hamilton would gain at least 50 points, Rosberg 11 and Ricciardo 14 instead of 30. Ricciardo would then be 96 points behind Hamilton and 68 behind Rosberg.

      And then I didn’t even change the Hungarian result to compensate for Hamilton’s qualifying troubles. Even though it would have been pretty likely for Hamilton to have won the race if he’d started from the front row instead of from the pitlane.

    • Dan said on 28th July 2014, 15:12

      lol this again, what abot if Merc fnshed every race aswell?

  8. juan fanger (@juan-fanger) said on 28th July 2014, 14:05

    First time since 1993 that the driver with the biggest nose has won more than one race.

  9. Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 28th July 2014, 14:13

    For the third year in succession, only one driver has scored points in every race up until the summer break. And in two of those instances, that driver has been Fernando Alonso.

    Only Red Bull and Mercedes have won races so far this season – the lowest number of winning constructors since 2007 going into the summer break (Ferrari and McLaren).

  10. dex said on 28th July 2014, 14:18

    Mercedes stuck to their usual strategy, lead driver soft (best) second driver on the medium. Their like a stuck record. From now on, lets hope the drivers can call the shots ie. when to pit and what compound. That way the driver behind could call it right and pit early and get the compound that works for him. The constructor’s title is almost won, there is no need for Mercedes to intervene between the drivers. They do not want to take each other ‘out’ and risk loosing points.

  11. Dane said on 28th July 2014, 14:21

    2012 didn’t have more than 8 drivers lead a race? I thought that season had 8 different winners so I’d be surprised if no one else lead a lap.

  12. Michael C (@surface) said on 28th July 2014, 14:36

    Podiums! (data from statsf1.com)
    Rank , Driver, Number of podiums, % of races
    1 SCHUMACHER Michael 155 50.49
    2 PROST Alain 106 53.27
    3 ALONSO Fernando 97 42.73
    4 SENNA Ayrton 80 49.69
    5 RAIKKONEN Kimi 77 37.75
    6 BARRICHELLO Rubens 68 21.05
    7 VETTEL Sebastian 64 48.85
    8 HAMILTON Lewis 63 45.00
    9 COULTHARD David 62 25.20
    10 PIQUET Nelson 60 29.41

  13. Bleu (@bleu) said on 28th July 2014, 15:41

    What I found:
    * Daniel Ricciardo leads Sebastian Vettel 7-4 in qualifying matchup. Interestingly, both of his race wins have happened in races where he lost to Vettel in qualifying.
    * Hamilton’s starting position was the worst ever from which driver had achieved podium at Hungaroring.
    * Total of 20 laps was run without Mercedes in top 3. Laps 10-23 and 40-45. Earlier this season there had only been two in Austria as Mercedes drivers made their pit stops earlier than many others.
    * Slowest Hungarian GP since 1988. First three races had that chicane due to underground spring, which made the track much slower than it was in its 1989-2002 and 2003 to date versions
    * First Hungarian GP to have two safety car periods. Previously there had been one in 2006 and 2010.
    * Mercedes went third race in a row without 1-2. McLaren 1988, Ferrari 2002 and Ferrari 2004 had a maximum of three successive races without 1-2.

    • It’s wonderful seeing Ricciardio showing up Vettel for how utterly average many of us have always known him to be.

      • DanFan said on 28th July 2014, 19:27

        Alonso and Hamilton are utterly average compare to Dan, what a winner, all the champions are scummed before Dan’s skill.

        • Dan said on 29th July 2014, 1:20

          Dream on buddy we never rated Vet all along but how dare you say about Ham and Alo when they not in same car. Not like Ric wins been on merit isit. Sorry but Alo and Ham actually raced WC their whole carear of course Ric is doing that now but how we know Vet level compared to Ham and Alo. Vet done nothing wrong in last 4 WC, but put Alo in that Red Bull the guy would have won 2009 season aswell.

          • DanFan said on 29th July 2014, 16:50

            We – means who?

            Also check out the BBC or other pundit ratings. So called racers Alo & Ham were below than current champion. 2007 rookie teammate beat Alo. If, but, shoulda, coulda all for just arguments.

  14. Hans Herrmann (@twentyseven) said on 28th July 2014, 15:57

    It’s the first time in the history of F1 where taking the first letter of each of the drivers surnames from left to right on the podium spells the noise that a pirate makes…

  15. Erivaldo moreira (@erivaldonin) said on 28th July 2014, 16:09

    first time since 2001 that the Hungarian GP is held without the participation of the author of the fastest lap of the previous edition.
    fastest lap 2013 , Webber
    fastest lap 2002 Hakinein

    Mercedes and Red Bull have won the last 25 races.
    This is the longest winning streak of two teams in history.

    4th consecutive race that Hamilton
    starts outside the top 5 which had not happened since the Hungarian
    GP 2009

    Lewis Hamilton became the driver who completed the most kms ahead in Hungary (1218 km)

    Mclaren broke a string of 26 races without leading a single lap

    Daniel Ricciardo is the first driver who won his first two Grand Prix with an interval of 4 races since Hamilton in 2007

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