Ricciardo hails 'best ever' third place

By on Sunday, July 6, 2014
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An elated Daniel Ricciardo called his podium position at the British Grand Prix the 'best third place' of his career.

Ricciardo started from eighth on the grid but switched to prime tyres under the red flag period and stopped just once more as he resisted late pressure from Jenson Button.

"I feel good! This is the best third place I've ever got," he said.

"I'm not normally ecstatic with a third but I really am today, obviously to redeem myself from yesterday and also the fact that I don’t think we had an awesome race car today, but we made it work.

"We used the cards that we had and played the game well, so I was really happy to make a one stop work. For the last two laps, I saw Jenson coming and thought I was probably going to be a bit vulnerable but we held on. The one stop wasn’t planned.

"We pitted quite early on the Prime because we were quite slow and it wasn’t working, so we came in for the Option and, at one point, my engineer pretty much said alright four laps to go on this tyre then let's box.

"I said the pace seems OK, the tyres aren’t getting any worse and let’s try and stay out or at least think about keeping me out there and he said OK we’ll look at our options. Then, a few laps later he said do you think you can go to the end, there’s 15 or 20 laps to go, and I said, at the moment I think we can give it a crack. And so, yeah, we did and it paid off!"


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