Ricciardo: Red Bull had podium shot

By on Sunday, November 1, 2015
Red Bull/Getty Images

Red Bull/Getty Images

Daniel Ricciardo reckons Red Bull had a shot at finishing on the podium at the Mexican Grand Prix, before ultimately missing out to Williams' Valtteri Bottas.

Daniil Kvyat occupied third for much of the race but the field was bunched up behind the Safety Car during the closing stages and the Russian was unable to prevent Bottas from cruising past.

Ricciardo trailed Kvyat home to take fifth position and believes Red Bull made a strategic tyre error and missed out on a top three result.

"I think both of us had a sniff at the podium, Daniil was looking pretty good, I had more pace in me on the Prime tyre but we were in a no-mans land with the Williams," he said.

"We were quicker but we couldn’t pass them, we couldn’t show it [speed], at the restart I thought it was an opportunity but both of us going on the Option was the wrong thing to do, I was more comfortable on the Primes so I should have put that on."

Kvyat rued that he was helpless to prevent Bottas from surging clear at the restart.

"Overall [it] was a very solid race from us, points for the team, nothing I can do in a straight line after the Safety Car."

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