Ricciardo thrilled by podium recovery

By on Sunday, November 2, 2014
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Daniel Ricciardo expressed his delight after surging from fifth to third to claim a podium at the United States Grand Prix.

Ricciardo started on the third row of the grid and slipped to seventh at the start but recovered to pass Kevin Magnussen and Fernando Alonso, before jumping Williams pair Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa through the pit stop phase.

"I’m happy with that," he said. "I could see the Mercedes for the first part of the race which was really cool, I don’t know if they were just chilling, but we seemed to have good pace. It was great to get ahead of the Williams and to get onto the podium.

"The start wasn’t very good, I have to put my hand up to that one, but the recovery was good so we didn’t really lose out. The pit stops were really good, Red Bull is known for being awesome in the pits and they showed it today."

Team-mate Sebastian Vettel was seventh after starting from the pit lane.

"The first half of the race wasn’t so good," he said. "The second half it came more alive and we were able to make up some ground with a pit-stop near the end of the race.

"We decided to go for fresh tyres with only a few laps to go, so we were in a stronger position at that point compared to others who were struggling on older tyres and the pace was better. The low downforce set up was good for passing, but it made it difficult to stay close to people."

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