Red Bull drivers Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo took second and third positions at the Hungaroring and Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen fourth. The result marked Kvyat’s first podium finish in F1 and 17-year-old Verstappen’s highest position to date in his debut GP season.
Ricciardo’s third place was also achieved with arguably F1’s most stunning overtaking manoeuvre so far in 2015 when he passed Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes in a cloud of tyre smoke.
Renault F1 bosses were clearly delighted with the performance which marks a significant improvement in form ahead of the Belgian and Italian (6 Sept) grands prix at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps and Monza circuits.
Hungary marked the first F1 race since former driver Jules Bianchi passed away after an accident in last year’s Japanese GP.
Rémi Taffin, Director of Operations, said: “Our never-say-die attitude has paid off. Not only has our reliability improved and taken us to the end of the race, but our performance has also stepped up so that we are able to fight at the front.
“We know we still have a lot of work to do, but this strong result before the summer break is a real achievement. We know where we are going and realise that there is still some more progress to be made in order to achieve these results on a regular basis. But, for the second part of the season, we look forward to showing off the progress we have made so far. Many thanks to all the hard work from our guys in the factories in England, Italy and France.”
Cyril Abiteboul, Managing Director, added: “It’s fantastic to see Ferrari at the top, and (Sebastien) Vettel’s tribute to Jules at the end of the race was very touching. It was unfortunate that not all four of our cars made it home after (Toro Rosso driver Carlos) Sainz was forced to retire due to a technical issue. However it means that it was another trouble-free race in terms of engine reliability.
“We know we can continue to work on performance, which clearly continues to improve as we tune up engine power with more confidence on reliability. We enjoyed the help of Total in Hungary, allowing us to extract more power with a new fuel. And it is so good to be fighting at the top once more.”
Past Renault wins
Spa-Francorchamps: Alain Prost 1983 (Renault); Ayrton-Senna 1985 (Lotus-Renault); Damon Hill 1993 & 1994 (Williams-Renault); Michael Schumacher 1995 (Benetton-Renault); 2011 & 2013 Sebastien Vettel (Red Bull-Renault); Daniel Ricciardo 2014 (Red Bull-Renault)
Monza: Alain Prost 1991 (Renault); Rene Arnoux 1982 (Renault); Nigel Mansell 1991 (Williams-Renault); Damon Hill 1993 & 1994 (Williams-Renault); Johnny Herbert 1995 (Benetton-Renault); Sebastien Vettel 2011 & 2013 (Red Bull-Renault).