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Ricciardo says 'everything has come together' for Renault

28/09/20

The Aussie finished P5 in Russia.

Australia's Daniel Ricciardo has continued his impressive 2020 mid-season form, saying 'everything has come together nicely' for his Renault team.

Ricciardo posted his fourth consecutive top-six finish on Sunday at the Russian Grand Prix, despite having a five-second penalty for running wide when overtaking teammate Esteban Ocon.

Starting from fifth on the grid in Sochi, Ricciardo launched off the line and ran as high as third place at one point before eventually finishing fifth.

"I'm pleased with the result today and it's a decent one for the team as well," said Ricciardo.

"I had a great start and got up to third in the first few corners before falling back to fifth.

"The race then changed on the hard tyres, we had good pace but obviously I made the mistake getting past Esteban into Turn 2 and had the time penalty.

"I locked the front brakes, so I take responsibility for that, but I was able to put that mistake right and recover well.

"Taking a step back, I'm pretty happy with my day, and the end result, as we take home some good points.

"The car is working well, and reliability is good, so everything has come together nicely for us."

The race was won by Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), followed by Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing) and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), who recovered from two separate five-second penalties to complete the podium.

Ocon, in the other Renault, started and finished in seventh place, holding off a fast-finishing Daniil Kvyat.

F1® returns next for the Eifel Grand Prix, to be held at the Nurburgring on 9-11 October.