HUNGARORING, 27th July 2014 (F1Plus / Katie Grimmett) - Daniel Ricciardo was the winner of a thrilling Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring this weekend, bringing to an end Mercedes’ run of dominance.
The British-based outfit had won every Grand Prix since Canada in June.
Speaking immediately after his podium celebration, the Australian described the sensation of winning a Formula One event, comparing it to his first win at the popular Canadian circuit.
“Winning this today, it honestly feels as good as the first," he said.
“It sank in a lot quicker this one, so crossing the line today I knew what was going on a bit more and it’s like I could enjoy it immediately rather than it being delayed, it was awesome."
Remaining his usual positive self, Ricciardo acknowledged the pace of the Red Bull RB10.
“To have to pass guys again to win the race, as I did in Canada, makes it a lot more satisfying. Knowing that we did have a bit of a fight on our hands – you beauty!”, he joked.
Now third place in the drivers’ standings, Ricciardo is the fastest driver in a Renault-powered car.
The twenty-five-year-old is enjoying his most successful season since replacing a retired Mark Webber at the Austrian outfit earlier this year.
Winning his seat over former Toro Rosso team mate Jean-Eric Vergne, the Australian has remained a consistent force within the top ten.
“In this environment now I feel, I am a different driver and in a way a different person, a different sportsman than I was last year," he revealed.
Pleased with the team’s momentum and attitude going forward, Ricciardo remains hopeful that Red Bull can retain second place in the constructors’ battle.
“I’ve got a lot more belief in myself and it’s cool, I definitely feel like I belong here now and I’ve got confidence; obviously we’ve converted two races into wins this year so far and I think that confidence is showing."
Despite qualifying on the front row, Ricciardo’s team mate Sebastian Vettel finished down in seventh. He now sits sixth in the drivers’ title hunt.