Australian Daniel Ricciardo Tops 2014 Hungarian GP

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By Justin Noel Cudaihl | July 28, 2014 12:28 PM EST

Australian Daniel Ricciardo is officially on a roll after bagging the Hungarian Grand Prix title on Sunday. The victory is his second in the 2014 Formula One season and also the second overall in his career.

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Winner Red Bull Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia (C) celebrates with his team after the Hungarian F1 Grand Prix at the Hungaroring circuit, near Budapest July 27, 2014.

The win came after Ricciardo’s breakthrough in Canada on June 8, 2014.

“It feels as good as the first, it really does. I don't know, I mean the safety car at the beginning played to our advantage and then I thought when the second one came out it didn't really help us but we managed to pull it off at the end, had to pass our way through and that was a lot of fun in the last few laps,” said the Australian via the F1 official website.

Hungarian Grand Prix – Top 5
1. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia/Red Bull-Renault) – 1:53:05.058
2. Fernando Alonso (Spain/Ferrari) – +5.2 seconds
3. Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain/Mercedes) – +5.8 seconds
4. Nico Rosberg (Germany/Mercedes) – +6.3 seconds
5. Felipe Massa (Brazil/Williams) – +29.8 seconds

Ricciardo’s victory also meant that he remains in third place in the Drivers Championships rankings for the 2014 season. Hamilton’s third place finish in Hungary meant he’s just 11 points away from the top spot owned by Rosberg who has 202 points for the year.

Drivers Championship Standings – 2014 F1 Season – Top 5
1. Nico Rosberg (Germany) – 202 points
2. Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain) – 191 points
3. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) -131 points
4. Fernando Alonso (Spain) – 115 points
5. Valttteri Bottas (Finland) – 95 points

It’s no surprise that these three drivers are the only ones who have won a title this year. Of the 11 races, Hamilton has 5 (Malaysia, Bahrain, China, Spain and Great Britain); Rosberg has 4 (Australia, Monaco, Austria and Germany) and Ricciardo with 2 (Canada and Hungary).

Proving that the Canada win wasn’t a fluke, Ricciardo is looking to further rise in the rankings.

“It honestly does compare to Canada. Obviously the first victory is special but it definitely leaves you wanting more.”

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Winner Red Bull Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia (C) celebrates with his team after the Hungarian F1 Grand Prix at the Hungaroring circuit, near Budapest July 27, 2014.
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