Ricciardo makes most of his chance in Belgium

Daniel Ricciardo started sixth and finished on the podium after making the most of a late Safety Car period in Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix, helping make up for Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen’s early retirement.

“It’s always nice to get a podium,” he said. “Especially when you’re on the tail end of that top six – then all you think of is moving forward!

“So I honestly believed we could be better than sixth today.

“Max had a problem and then Kimi made his mistake with the yellow flag so we gained a few positions, but I think after the first stint our pace improved a lot.

“We showed a more respectable pace and then we had an opportunity under the Safety Car with the restart and took the most of that, so I’m really happy with the result.

“I definitely feel for Max. He’s had a pretty up and down season and most of the time it was out of his control, so of course that’s frustrating especially for this to happen at his home race.”

Team boss Christian Horner added: “A fantastic piece of opportunistic driving by Daniel secured a great podium for the team with third place.

“We felt we ran the correct strategy going into the race, as soon as it went to the Safety Car and it all bunched up we knew Daniel would get one shot at the restart against Bottas and he made it work.”

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