Ricciardo says China race 'equal best' of career

By on Sunday, April 17, 2016
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Daniel Ricciardo reckons his performance in the Chinese Grand Prix was the 'equal best' of his Formula 1 career as he recovered to fourth after an early puncture.

Ricciardo started from the front row of the grid and snatched the lead off the line from Nico Rosberg, though as the Mercedes breezed past a few laps later the Australian suffered a right rear puncture.

Ricciardo was able to return to the pit lane but slid down the order, before mounting a charge which left him in fourth position.

"It was probably the equal best race of my career, I couldn’t do anything else," he said.

"I knew I could get the start I did and doing everything I could and the way I came through the field at the end I think was awesome.

"I don’t think I left anything on the table so it hurts to have probably your best race and know you didn’t get the champagne, but that’s just racing and it’s unlucky."

Ricciardo maintained third position in the championship and now lies only three points behind Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton.

"Beyond that the team did an awesome job this weekend, we’re fast, we’ve gone on three different tracks now and we’re there, so we’re not on Mercedes’ pace but we’re not far off," he concluded.

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