Renault DP Wold F1 Team’s Daniel Ricciardo has described the Hungarian Grand Prix as “quite a busy race”. The Australian finished in eighth place, after starting eleventh.
Starting on Pirelli’s intermediate tyres due to the rain which had fallen prior to the start of the race, Ricciardo was able to gain two places in the opening laps. He pitted on lap four, along with the majority of the field, changing on to the medium compound.
Ricciardo managed to gain several places while others around him pitted for fresh rubber, he himself stopping for a new set of mediums on lap 43.
He said: “It was quite a busy race and, overall, I’m happy with how it went. I gave everything I could and I felt we got the most from it today.”
He added that he thought he had started well, although was deflated at not being able to manage a top six finish, which he was close to doing by the time the checkered flag dropped.
“Our start was good and everyone around us went for slicks quite early on. We showed good pace on the Medium and almost caught the top six at the end.”
Nevertheless, he was encouraged that he has secured an eighth place finish in every race so far this season.
“Eighth was all we could achieve in the end, though. We’ve had eighth in every race so far. It’s not bad, but I do feel we have the speed for more from the first three races.”
He remains confident they will be able to break into top six finishes in the near future, and in turn net some good points.
“We’re not far from top six finishes, it’s coming, and we know bigger points are around the corner.”