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Ricciardo is confirmed in Hungary, where Alonso and Hamilton shone

The Australian Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull), the only one who had done it so far, once again questioned the hegemony of the Mercedes in the Formula One World Championship by winning the Hungarian Grand Prix today, in which the Spanish Fernando Alonso (Ferrari ) was second, ahead of the English Lewis Hamilton, who had started from the ‘pit lane’.
Ricciardo, 25, won the last race before the holiday break at the Hungaroring, a crazy test marked by rain that fell shortly before the start, in which the safety car had to enter twice, with many incidents and overtaking and that was resolved in an exciting way, after a real war of strategy.
The Australian, exulting on the podium, announced from there that he will start his vacation with several days of festivities, confirming today that it was not by chance that he had questioned the Mercedes dictatorship in Canada, whose final onslaught Alonso endured with enormous skill, who retained the another winner of the day, Hamilton.
Lewis, eliminated in Q1, came out with a new chassis, engine and gearbox in a car burned down on Saturday. He came back from the back of the grid – just as he did a week ago, in Germany – and finished third, ahead of his partner and increasingly close German enemy Nico Rosberg, who started from pole and now continues to lead, with 202 points, but with eleven of advantage, instead of 14.
Ricciardo will go on vacation third, with 131, sixteen more than Alonso, who will be able to celebrate his thirty-third birthday with absolute joy and total merit on Tuesday, after having given another masterful driving lesson on the track where in 2003 he surprised the world by becoming – at that time – the youngest and the first – and to date only – Spanish to win in F1.
Since then, the brilliant Asturian driver has won 32 victories in the premier motor category; To which he almost did not add another one on a day in which he could not prevent, however, that Ferrari equaled its third worst streak in history, of 25 races without a win. Precisely, those that go from the last triumph of Alonso, in Spain, last year, until today. That repeat the interval between those of the Belgian Jackie Ickx in France’68 and Austria’70.
It rained moments before the race, so everyone started with intervals, since at the start time it had stopped and the track, still wet, was going to dry. Rosberg did well, his countryman Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) -seventh today-, who did it at his side, lost a position to the benefit of Finn Valtteri Bottas (Williams) -eighth at the end-; and Alonso, who had started fifth, overtook Ricciardo.
That cemented much of his success by being one of the smartest when entering the safety car on lap 9 – after the accident of the Swede Magnus Ericsson (Caterham) -, with Hamilton already thirteenth.
The majority took advantage of the entry of the ‘safety’ to change to dry wheels and the ‘aussie’ pilot was the greatest benefit, when he returned to the track in the lead, ahead of the Englishman Jenson Button (McLaren) – eleventh today, who expected new rains and he continued with intermediates- and the Brazilian Felipe Massa (Williams) -fifth-, with Rosberg fourth and Alonso eighth, one place behind Vettel and with Bottas, in the role of the main victim, rolling eleventh.
When the departure of the safety car was announced, a new accident occurred, that of the Frenchman Romain Grosjean (Lotus). And at 14, when Button, who had passed Ricciardo when he was told that it did not look like it was going to rain, stopped in the pits, Alonso was already third, after beating Rosberg and Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergné (Toro Rosso ) -no ninth today-, rolling behind Ricciardo and Massa.
To add more confusion, even to the sharpest of experts, on lap 23 a new safety entered, after the accident of Mexican Sergi Pérez with his Force India on the finish line.
Ricciardo also stopped and although later he claimed that the second safety car had not benefited him, at that moment he encouraged his team by radio, to whom he shouted a “come on, we can win this” which was premonitory. Massa and Bottas also stopped and after the reorganization, in the 27th, Alonso, was first, ahead of Vergné, Rosberg, Vettel and Hamilton, with the Mexican Esteban Gutiérrez (Sauber), who would leave a little later, eighth.
Fernando squeezed to death, marking the fastest laps at that time. And, after Rosberg’s stop -a soft used-, Vettel’s spin, the overtaking of Vergné, Hamilton was already running second.
When Alonso stopped at 39, to put on the soft with which he would battle 31 more laps to the finish line, Hamilton was the leader, before putting on a medium tire a lap later and giving first place to Ricciardo, who led in front of Massa and Astur . With the two Mercedes of Hamilton and Rosberg in fourth and fifth position; and the English ignoring the instructions to let the German pass, who still had to stop, before ‘flying’ in his last round.
Alonso attacked Massa and overtook him when he stopped, ascending to second place, behind Ricciardo, who made his last stop with fifteen to go, back to soft, and returned fourth to the track.
With ten to go, Alonso led with 1.2 over Hamilton and 2.1 over Ricciardo, with Massa, at 25.6; Rosberg, at 25.9 and Finnish Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) – who today achieved his best position of the year by finishing sixth – at 26.7.
The final battle for victory was brutal and only on the penultimate lap did Ricciardo pass Hamilton, before accounting for Alonso on the next. The Asturian double world champion (2005 and 2006, with Renault) did not allow himself to be disturbed by the danger of being injured right at the end by the ‘silver arrows’ and not only saved the podium, but also retained a sensational second place. The best of the year, surpassing the third he had achieved in China. EFE

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