British Grand Prix – Daniel Ricciardo’s Driver of the Day performance was enough to claim fifth place after starting the race from the back of the grid.
After a strong start – which saw the Aussie on the fringes of the top ten – Ricciardo was put to the back of the field after attempting an overtake around the outside of Luffield and being edged off the track.
From there, a series of overtakes – mixed with a long first tyre stint – brought Ricciardo comfortably into the top ten.
“I hope they showed a lot of that on TV. I just felt like the whole race I was overtaking cars and I hope the fans enjoyed it. We made up a chunk of positions early on and then I got a bit greedy, went off track and ended up at the back again.”
In the closing laps, Ricciardo gained an additional place due Sebastian Vettel’s tyre troubles.
“It was great fun coming back through the field and I gave it everything. I caught Hulkenberg with a few laps to go and then Seb had his issue which handed me fifth, so danke Sebastian.
“Last week I was the hunted and this week the hunter, I love the fight of this sport and today I felt I could really enjoy that. I would give this race ten out of ten in terms of fun. I think you could say that in the last six races the Honey Badger has certainly shown up on Sunday and it’s been great fun.”
Team-mate Max Verstappen finished in fourth place but a precautionary pit stop at the end of the race prevented the Dutchman from capitalising on the Ferrari tyre issues and claiming a podium finish.
“It is a positive day, I am happy to finish the race and get some solid points once again,” said Verstappen.
We got a bit lucky with Seb’s puncture at the end and I pitted to be safe as I knew I had enough room behind me. The front left didn’t feel great and having seen what happened to the Ferrari we played it safe.
“If I had seen Kimi pit at the end I may have stayed out to try and get a jump on him but we made the precautionary stop to make sure we finished.”