Ricciardo ecstatic with 'faultless' race

By on Sunday, November 23, 2014
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Red Bull/Getty Images

Daniel Ricciardo expressed his elation after he drove from the pit lane to fourth place at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Red Bull was thrown out of qualifying for a technical irregularity but the Australian surged through the field to secure 24 points for the position as he ended the year in third place in the championship.

"[I'm] really happy," he said. "I think it was pretty much a faultless race from all sides, from the strategy, to myself and the pit stops, everything was good so we did everything we needed to.

"I had fun passing, it wasn’t boring out there, so it was pretty much what I asked for. One spot better would have been nice, but fourth is really cool from the pit lane.

"It’s been pretty much a perfect season, as perfect as it can be without holding a world title, so no real regrets, no complaints. It’s nice to not only start the season well, but to finish it well also and I think all the way through it was good - we had a strong summer as well, so the start, middle and end were pretty good!"

Sebastian Vettel also started from the pit lane and finished eighth on his final drive for Red Bull.

"I felt there was more, but once I got stuck behind Kevin [Magnussen] at the beginning it was quite tough, so I can’t be completely happy with today," he said.

"When you race you want to finish as high up as you can and today I think we had the pace to finish higher."

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