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Ricciardo: We could have had a podium!

03/08/20

The Aussie secured his best result of the 2020 F1® season.

Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo has secured his best result of the 2020 Formula 1® season, narrowly missing out on a podium spot in a frantic end to the British Grand Prix.

Ricciardo, who started from eighth on the grid after outqualifying Renault teammate Esteban Ocon for the second race in a row, crossed the line in fourth place at Silverstone.

A series of safety cars earlier on saw many drivers, including Ricciardo, move to a one-stop strategy, which proved challenging in the dying stages of the race.

Ricciardo battled with McLaren’s Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz late on, eventually overtaking both drivers, before a tyre puncture to Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) elevated the Aussie a further place.

The race was won by Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), who dramatically nursed a punctured tyre home on the last lap to beat a fast-finishing Max Verstappen (Red Bull), with Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) completing the podium.

“It was a crazy race at the end, and it feels really cool to take fourth place,” Ricciardo said. “We made a good start, jumped up to sixth and we showed decent pace.

“The race really came alive and that was really good. We had some pace at the end, and I was able to get Lando and then Carlos had a problem.

“I saw Charles getting closer and maybe with a couple more laps we could have had a podium!

“We have another chance next week. We were assisted by some chaos, but we were definitely a top-six car today and that’s pleasing.”

Ricciardo returns to Silverstone next weekend, for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix on 7-9 August.