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Ricciardo fights for points at the Austrian GP


The Australian gets into points for the third time this season.

Daniel Ricciardo has managed to get points after fighting for a ninth-place finish at the Austrian Grand Prix.

After being knocked out in Q1, it looked like it was going to be another tough weekend for Ricciardo and the McLarens.

After lining up on the grid in P11, the papaya team needed to get into points to stay in touch with Alpine in the constructors.

Ricciardo maintained his position in the middle of the pack and just behind his teammate, Lando Norris.

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Benefiting from the retirements of Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz, the Perth-born driver eventually crossed the line in P9.

“Obviously the target was points. I think, as a team, we’re happy with that. It’s a lot better than where we were Friday, so to get double-points is good for us,” said Ricciardo.

“I was struggling with the left-front on the first stint as I’d had a lock-up into turn one, and put us a bit on the back-foot. So it didn’t feel as good as yesterday.”

“We then struggled more with the front, particularly front-left, even without the flat spot, but I think we did well to get what we could today.”

“I would have loved to have got Magnussen, but we’ve got to take what we can today. More points, bit of damage-limitation, so pleased with that.”

Norris finished in seventh place.

Formula 1® has a week off before heading to France for the French Grand Prix on the 22-24 July.