Hungarian GP: Daniel Ricciardo feared retirement mid-race
|By Jonathan Noble and Glenn Freeman||Sunday, July 27th 2014, 14:57 GMT|
Hungarian Grand Prix winner Daniel Ricciardo has revealed that he feared he was going to retire from the race when he suffered engine problems out on track.
The Australian, who took victory in a thrilling Formula 1 race with late passes on Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso, felt his car was down on power earlier on and had to adjust some settings on the steering wheel to manage the situation.
"I had a scare in the middle of the race," Ricciardo told the media after the podium ceremony.
"For a few laps we had a few issues and we were down on power, so I had to get a bit crazy on the switches.
"So the race could have potentially finished early but we got through that and I was happy."
The Red Bull driver said he knew that he had a shot of victory when he was chasing world champions Alonso and Hamilton in the closing stages.
"We had to overtake to win the race - we had fresher tyres but I knew it would be an exciting finish," Ricciardo added.
"There was only one way to win it which was getting around them.
"I tempted Lewis into Turn 2 the previous lap and eventually I got him.
"Once I got close enough to Fernando I knew I had to go for it - I was in a sandwich with Lewis in DRS range so I couldn't waste too much time.
"When I got the lead I knew there were a couple of laps to go, and that feels good."