Ricciardo happy after 'really pleasing' Renault result

Daniel Ricciardo produced an exceptional drive to hold off a fast-finishing Lando Norris at the United States Grand Prix, equalling his second-best result of the season.

The Australian set himself up for success in Austin, extracting everything out of his Renault racer by qualifying P9, narrowly behind the McLarens of Norris and Carlos Sainz.

Ricciardo’s teammate Nico Hulkenberg qualified just outside of the top 10, starting from 11th on the grid.

A bold one-stop strategy choice by Renault saw Ricciardo pit early and shift to a hard compound tyre, giving the Aussie the opportunity to manage his own race – a task he executed to perfection.

Ricciardo battled with Norris throughout the race, narrowly edging the Briton out by less than half a second.

“We’ve had a lot of fun races this year and this one is certainly up there,” Ricciardo said after the race.

“The one-stop was the plan and it looked like others on the two-stop would get close at the end, which made things a bit nervy.

“We reached our target of beating both McLarens, so that’s really pleasing. It was a strong race and we showed good pace. 

“I enjoyed the battle with Lando as I passed him and he passed me back a couple of times at the start and then put some pressure on towards the end. 

“We held on for sixth, so it’s solid points for the team with Nico in the top 10 as well.”

The race was won by Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas, followed by his teammate Lewis Hamilton, and Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing. 

The result sealed the 2019 drivers’ title for Hamilton – his third consecutive championship.

Ricciardo returns to the track at the second last race of the season at the Brazilian Grand Prix on 15-17 November.

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