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Hungarian GP: Post Race press conference

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27/07/2014

Podium Interview - Conducted by Martin Brundle

Daniel, what brilliant drive, congratulations. How on earth does that feel?
Daniel Ricciardo: It feels as good as the first, it really does. I don't know, I mean the safety car at the beginning played to our advantage and then I thought when the second one came out it didn't really help us but we managed to pull it off at the end, had to pass our way through and that was a lot of fun in the last few laps.

You rehearsed that big outbraking move on Fernando last weekend in Germany didn't you? That was from a long way back.
DR: Yeah it was. I knew we had to make a move quick, the DRS was there and I know it could have been my only chance, so I took it and it paid off. Had to be done.

Fernando, you hung onto the tyres, you took a risk and you pushed like crazy. It's your birthday on Tuesday and you nearly had the perfect birthday present. But second place, is it painful or are you satisfied anyway?
Fernando Alonso: No, extremely satisfied. I think it has been a tough weekend - a tough season in general - so to get a podium is always a nice surprise let's say. We took a gamble. We risked today just trying to get the victory. We went close but as I said, extremely proud of the team, extremely proud of the job we did today and very, very happy.

Rain for the start, safety cars, traffic, tyres degrading, you needed all your experience today. You needed everything.
FA: Well, today we have a combination of things that made the race difficult to execute, difficult to understand and we took our opportunities, our experience... we need some crazy races to get some podiums and today we took the opportunity.

Congratulations. Moving over to Lewis Hamilton: pit lane to podium! Lewis, that was also via the barriers of the second corner at the start. What a crazy afternoon you've had.
Lewis Hamilton: It's been a pretty crazy weekend.

When you got out of the car yesterday, you were disappointed you had that failure and you had mentally put yourself over 30 points behind Nico. You were convinced he would win and you would struggle to get into the top five and here you are on the podium.
LH: Absolutely. Big thank you to the team, they did a great job with the pit stops and with the strategy and I just tried my best. The car's been fantastic - when it's going. Obviously a lot of points lost, because we could have had a much better weekend but we have a lot of strengths to look forward to in future races.

You were really struggling in the beginning. You were talking about the diff, you were talking about a vibration, we heard you were getting very hot in your seat, you were clearly nursing a few issues as well?
LH: Yeah, to be honesty at the beginning obviously a mistake by myself, but the brakes were very, very cold and locked up and I was gone. Fortunately I got going again, thank the Lord I didn't damage the car and you know damage limitation again.

One of your finest ever drives?
LH: I don't think so.

Well, it look pretty damned good from where we were sitting and standing in the grandstands. So Daniel, we go into the summer break, although Spa will be with us soon enough, and you have a great victory. What are you going to do and what does it mean for you in the second half of the season?
DR: Well, definitely going to celebrate tonight and party for a few days I think, enjoy a bit of time off. Then just keep building on what I've done in the first six months and then look forward to Spa. Just firstly I want to thank the team, they've really let me settle in so well the first six months of the year and to grab two victories it's honestly phenomenal, so really pleased. Got a few mates here this weekend, so we'll party hard tonight.

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