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GP Week : Issue 207
Did Daniel Ricciardo know the race was his as early as we thought? “I wasn't sure. I knew that the first Safety Car played into our hands, we inherited the lead there, pitting for slicks and then we were looking alright. Then we got the second Safety Car and obviously we pitted again for another set of tyres but we obviously lost the lead. “I wasn't really sure what was going to happen. We stayed out pretty long that stint and we were leading a fair chunk of the mid-race but then I knew we weren't going to get to the end on that set of tyres. So we had to pit again and that put me back out of position. “T hen we knew we had to overtake to win the race. Obviously we had the fresher tyres at our disposal but I knew it was going to be an exciting finish. “There was only one way to win it and that was to get around them. Obviously I had the advantage of the fresher tyres, but I knew they wouldn't make it easy. “I attempted Lewis into Turn Two, I think the previous lap or maybe two before I eventually got him, but just locked up and went too wide. I had a second crack at it and I still locked up but I managed to just hang on and just had a bit more grip around the outside there, so that was that. ”And then, once I got close enough to Fernando, I knew I just had to go for it. Being in that sandwich there, Lewis was still I think in the DRS zone, so basically I couldn't waste too much time and that's what I did – and then once I got the lead I knew it was just a couple of laps to go. Yeah, it feels good ... However, the race wasn’t without some issues: “I had a scare in the middle of the race – for a few laps we had some issues. Basically, we were down on power and had to get a bit crazy on the switches, so I thought the race could have potentially ended early but we got through that. Indeed – and, as he was to say later (see news pages), he has, if not already, well and truly arrived, at the highest level. Dan is a (new) man. Across the garage, the frustration continues: " It wasn't a great race. I spun, which was my mistake, and before that I was unlucky with the safety car in the first stint,” said Sebastian Vettel. “T he timing meant the first four cars lost positions to those running behind. Unfortunately we were then in the wrong mode for the restart and I lost two positions. It's good for Daniel that he won today, I'm happy for him." Maximising the benefits 29 GPWEEK.com // 29 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> HUNGARY PARTNERS: