Ricciardo happy to be close to podium

By on Sunday, March 20, 2016
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Daniel Ricciardo expressed his happiness as he was able to finish the Australian Grand Prix in fourth place, behind only the Mercedes and Ferrari drivers.

Ricciardo started from eighth place but made progress at the expense of the Toro Rosso drivers and passed Williams' Felipe Massa to move into fourth, collecting his best home result.

"Today was fun for me, it was so good to be back racing," he said.

"I came on the radio more than once expressing my joy to just being out there competing. That joy was emphasised by having a good car underneath me. At the start we were able to pick cars off.

"We had good pace with high fuel on the Option and it was fun to be able to pass cars, I was enjoying that as always.

"I was sitting in a podium spot towards the end and I was hoping the tyres would last but I knew they weren’t going to hold and I would have to pit again.

"But fourth is still a good result and I’m happy we’re not that far off Mercedes and Ferrari."

Daniil Kvyat's car came to a halt on the grid and he was unable to take the start in Australia for a second successive season.

"It looks like an electronic issue put us out of the race before it started," he said.

"I think Australia doesn’t seem to be the luckiest place for me so far. The car just shut itself off."

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