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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