Daniel Ricciardo had one slice of luck on his way to Hungarian Grand Prix victory. That came when Marcus Ericsson launched his Caterham into the wall too late for the top four to make it into the pits.
The Australian, who spent the early stages of the race running sixth, had dropped five seconds behind Nico Rosberg, Valtteri Bottas, Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso thanks to being stuck behind Jenson Button's McLaren. It was enough of a delay to mean that he was able to make a late cut into the pits when the crash made a safety car inevitable.
This provided a vital leg-up in terms of track position, but still left Ricciardo with a lot of work to do to seal what proved to be a spectacular victory. Luck had a little to do with it, but this was a win made possible by the virtuosity of a driver who is looking less and less of an interloper among the elite, and increasingly an established part of it.
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.