Monday, 28 July 2014

'Truly sensational' Horner delighted with Ricciardo performances

(Florent Gooden DPPI for Renault Sport F1)

Infiniti Red Bull Racing team boss Christian Horner has described Daniel Ricciardo's recent performances as'Truly sensational' after the Australian claimed his second victory of the season in yesterday's Hungarian Grand Prix. Horner commented saying:

'We knew we'd have to make a final stop, which would put us behind Alonso and Hamilton who were trying to get to the end. But he closed the gap down quickly and then, with some fantastic overtaking manoeuvres in the last five laps, pulled off a dramatic victory to achieve the second in his career and our second of the season.'

Ricciardo's victory sees Red Bull out on their own in second place in the Constructors championship some 174 point's behind championship leaders Mercedes AMG Petronas, while the Milton Keynes based outfit are 77 points ahead of Ferrari who are in third place. Adrian Newey attended the Hungarian Grand Prix and was very happy to see Ricciardo take the win.

Newey's appearance at the race fueled speculation that the Englishman had done a U-turn on his decision to step back form the Red Bull F1 team however he has confirmed that he still plans to step back and is currently working on the design of the 2015 car. 

Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel has admitted that it was his mistake that caused him to spin on the main straight during the race however he did no damage to the car and had a great battle with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen finishing the race in 7th place just behind the Finn. Horner was happy with the German's performance saying: 

'After a good start and some good battles, Sebastian got the call at the same time as Daniel to pit after the Caterham had an accident, but was too far round the last corner to make it into the pit lane.'

Infiniti Red Bull Racing head into the Summer break having collected seven podium finishes including Ricciardo's two victories. 

© Ben Johnston 2014

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