Things certainly heated up at the tight, twisty Hungaroring this weekend. Renault-powered Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo raced to their best finishes of the season so far, with a double podium in Round 10 of the 2015 Formula One World Championship.
Carlos Sainz drove impressively throughout the action-packed race, but a technical issue forced the Spanish youngster to retire with only 7 laps remaining. Meanwhile Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen had cause to celebrate, after crossing the line just shy of a rostrum in fourth – his best result in Formula One to date.
The race was much more dramatic for Daniel Ricciardo, however, who lost ground after contact with Valtteri Bottas at the start. And despite a mistake from championship leader Lewis Hamilton, which forced the Australian to pit with front wing damage, Ricciardo pulled some characteristically bold overtaking manoeuvres, and pushed his way back up the order to contend for the podium.
In the Ferrari camp, Sebastian Vettel dominated the race from the start, storming into the lead from third on the grid, through to finshing first, and claiming the second victory of the season for his team. In a moving tribute, Vettel dedicated his win to the late Jules Bianchi, who died tragically, earlier this month.
Overall, Renault’s performance, engine power and improved reliability were all on display in fine form on the famous Hungarian circuit, and the strong results before the summer break positions the Renault Sport F1 team well for what will be an exciting second half of the season.
While there still remains a lot of work to do, Rémi Taffin, Director of Operations at Renault Sport F1, is in positive spirits:
“Our never-say-die attitude has paid off. Not only has our reliability improved and taken us to the end of the race, but our performance has also stepped up so that we are able to fight at the front,” Taffin said, before thanking the teams working hard behind the scenes.
“We know where we are going and realise that there is still some more progress to be made in order to achieve these results on a regular basis. But, for the second part of the season, we look forward to showing off the progress we have made so far. Many thanks to all the hard work from our guys in the factories in England, Italy and France.”