F1 World Champions Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton are singing Daniel Ricciardo's praises after he beat them to the win in Hungary.
On fresher rubber than the two ahead, Ricciardo made a late charge for the victory at the Hungaroring on Sunday.
Overtaking both Hamilton and Alonso in back-to-back laps, the Red Bull driver raced to his second career victory.
Asked whether Ricciardo had established himself, Alonso, who for the second race in successive battled the 25-year-old, said: "Yeah, definitely. I think he's leading the Champion team. That says it all.
"He's doing a fantastic job this year and now he had a few bottles. In Hockenheim I had a very fresh tyre which probably allowed me to pass with some advantage but even with that it was not easy.
"I really didn't have the tools to fight but I tried to do my best - but definitely, congratulations to him for today, for the whole Championship and it's going to be an interesting fight in the next couple of years."
As for Hamilton, who brought his W05 home in third place, he reckons Ricciardo has been "driving fantastically well from the beginning of the year. So, it's not only now, it's through the whole year he's shown his capability and is going from strength to strength.
"Not only one of the nicest guys in the paddock but also one of the best drivers here, for sure."