Ricciardo awards himself perfect marks for having fun

Australian Daniel Ricciardo gave himself perfect marks for having fun on Sunday, when he finished fifth after starting from 19th on the grid in the British Grand Prix.

His Red Bull teammate, Dutchman Max Verstappen, came home fourth to end his own run of retirements as the team posted an encouraging result at Silverstone.

Ricciardo said: “I hope they showed a lot of that on TV. I just felt like the whole race I was overtaking cars and I hope the fans enjoyed it.

“We made up a chunk of positions early on and then I got a bit greedy, went off track and ended up at the back again.

“It was great fun coming back through the field and I gave it everything.

“I caught Nico Hulkenberg with a few laps to go and then Seb (Vettel) had his issue which handed me fifth, so ‘danke’ Sebastian.

“I’ve been really happy with how I’ve been putting my Sundays together for the last handful of races.

“It’s been strong and to get fifth from the back today, I really couldn’t ask for more.

“I love the fight of this sport and today I felt I could really enjoy that. I would give this race 10 out of 10 in terms of fun.”

Verstappen, who pitted in the closing stages to avoid a similar puncture to those that hit both Ferrari cars, said: “It is a positive day. With a lot of fast rights here it takes its toll on the front-left (tyre), so we knew there would be issues late on.

“Fourth is a good result – probably one place better than we expected, which is always nice.

“We have upgrades coming in Hungary which I am hoping will make some steps towards being able to fight with the top two teams.”

Lewis Hamilton took the chequered flag, with teammate Valtteri Bottas completing a one-two result for Mercedes.

Kimi Raikkonen finished third for Ferrari, followed by the two Red Bulls.

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