'Crazed' Ricciardo turns in stunning British GP effort

Barsaba Taglieri
Luglio 19, 2017

However, he was due to start from the penultimate place on the grid because of the 30-place grid drop Fernando Alonso was forced to take.

Gearboxes must last for six races and the one in Ricciardo's Red Bull, which was swapped out before Saturday's final practice, had not done so.

"Daniel's recovery drive today was excellent, making a lot of places in the early laps he then lost out at Luffield (corner) and had to do it all again and to go from 20th to fifth was a great turnaround from yesterday's problems".

The fun didn't end there though as an understandably exhausted Ricciardo was a tad delusional in his post-race interview with Sky Sports' Natalie Pinkham.

The Australian was half a second shy of Verstappen in FP2 and admits he has work to do in the high-speed corners over one lap citing the Maggots and Becketts section in the middle sector as the key area of improvement for him. "I think in the end it was the maximum, even without that [early off]". It was a insane race.

"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".

'Crazed' Ricciardo turns in stunning British GP effort

"Someone's got to do it", he quipped.

"I suspect the floor would have had a bit of damage after that".

Hamilton led from start to finish and avoided the carnage that unfolded behind him, but Ricciardo says his rollercoaster of a day was just his way of ensuring the British fans didn't forget about him.

Speaking after the race, Ricciardo voiced his delight at his charge.

"I knew I was quite a bit slower than (Vettel) but I just tried to stay in front with every possible thing that I could do", said Verstappen.

Ricciardo was a second slower than Bottas, but thought he and Verstappen would be able to match Ferrari if they got the most from their cars. "We will see what happens but I know that the guys will assess everything now". "Just can't wait, Budapest is a great track", he added - before heading off in search of a much-needed energy bar.

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