Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo captured the chequered flag for the second time this season at the end of an astonishing Hungarian Grand Prix.
Rain, crashes and safety cars made for a stunning race, aiding the previously forlorn Lewis Hamilton following his fire in qualifying on Saturday into another podium finish for the second successive Sunday from a seemingly hopeless position.
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso secured second for his best result for 10 months, with Hamilton hanging on to third by the skin of his teeth ahead of his charging Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.
Fearing a 30-point deficit to Rosberg going into the summer break in the wake of the fire that resulted in him starting from the pit lane to the German’s pole, Hamilton is now only 11 points adrift with eight races to run.
Ricciardo plans to party hard after this success: “This win feels as good as the first,” said Ricciardo, after cementing third place in the drivers’ standings behind Rosberg and Hamilton.
“It honestly does compare to Canada. Obviously the first victory is special, but it definitely leaves you wanting more.
“I was just as hungry for this second one, and it feels just as good - I won’t say better, but you realise it a bit more so it feels like you can enjoy it a bit more.
“When I crossed the line everything felt a bit more real, so I guess I took in a bit more of this one, so, yeah, it feels awesome.
“I’m definitely going to celebrate and party for a few days, I think, enjoy a bit of time off.”
It also underlined Ricciardo’s status as a driver to now be respected as aside from the two wins, he has also been on the podium on three other occasions and is 43 points clear of team-mate Sebastian Vettel.
Paying his dues to Red Bull, Ricciardo added: “I want to obviously thank the team. To have two victories in the first half of the season with them is phenomenal, “