Ricciardo delighted by third straight Hungary podium

By on Sunday, July 24, 2016
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Daniel Ricciardo expressed his delight as he finished on the podium at the Hungarian Grand Prix for a third successive season.

Ricciardo leapt off the line from third and briefly challenged for the lead, emerging from the first corner as Lewis Hamilton's closest challenger.

However, Ricciardo was overhauled at Turn 2 by Nico Rosberg and drifted back from the Mercedes pair, ultimately edging Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel to take the final podium place.

"I’m really pleased with a podium today, I don’t think we could have got a win," he said.

"We tried at the start; we had a good run off the line and at the apex the Mercedes were in my blind spot, so I thought I was in the lead.

"But on the exit I was done by Lewis and then Nico got me round the outside of Turn 2.

"I think even if we had got the lead, their pace was good so they could have even over-cut us if they stayed out an extra lap.

"Third was the best we could do and Seb got really close in the last three laps; my tyres were getting towards the end, so coming over the line in third was good.

"Three podiums in a row here is great, it’s a good place for me. I feel really good."

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