GOOD EFFORT: Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo prepares for racing. Ricciardo's post-race interview proved to be very entertaining for race fans.
GOOD EFFORT: Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo prepares for racing. Ricciardo's post-race interview proved to be very entertaining for race fans. Frank Augstein

'Crazed' Ricciardo turns in stunning British GP effort

Daniel Ricciardo rarely fails to put a smile on F1 fans' faces on race weekend and he didn't disappoint at the British Grand Prix on Sunday.

The Aussie started from 19th on the grid because of a five-place penalty for a gearbox change combined with a horror qualifying session that saw his RB13 suffer a turbo failure. But remarkably he climbed his way up to fifth by race end, one place behind teammate Max Verstappen.

Ricciardo started strongly, making up plenty of ground before he erred in swapping tarmac for gravel. His misadventure set him back but it didn't stop him altogether as he once again cut swathes through the pack to head towards the top of the leaderboard.

He was unable to claim his sixth podium finish on the bounce but fifth was still an incredible effort considering where he started. 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.

"One simply couldn't have been higher than one was," Ricciardo said before he addressed flying off the track at Silverstone.

"I suspect the floor would have had a bit of damage after that. It was a bit bumpy. My tush got a little bit dirty, or bruised, but I think in the end fifth was the maximum (I could finish).

"Even without that (veering off the track), sure, I would have finished a long way up in terms of race time but I wouldn't have got close to the other guys (who finished on the podium).

"So yeah, crazy race, went through the field, I had a battle so I enjoyed it a lot."

 

Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates with fans after winning the British Formula One Grand Prix.
Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates with fans after winning the British Formula One Grand Prix. Frank Augstein

Lewis Hamilton gave the home fans what they wanted as he crossed the finish line first to cut Sebastian Vettel's championship lead to just one point. The Ferrari driver came seventh when he suffered a punctured tyre that forced him into an emergency pit stop late in the race.

His Scuderia teammate Kimi Raikkonen also suffered a puncture but scraped through in third, the Italian outfit's late drama paving the way for Hamilton's Mercedes comrade Valtteri Bottas to slot into second on a perfect day for the Silver Arrows.

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.

"I know they're (the fans) super stoked Lewis won, but he led from start to finish from what I understand so you've got to take a bit of TV time away from him," Ricciardo said. "That's all I was doing, trying to put myself in the spotlight."

The 28-year-old started to drift off again before Pinkham let him go, joking she had no other option because his rambling gave the impression he was "about to pass out".

"Yeah, I don't really know what I'm talking about anymore. I need sugar," Ricciardo said

"Very excited, could cut glass at the moment with these things. Budapest is a great track, we're going to Hungary (for the Hungarian Grand Prix), right now I'm hungry."

News Corp Australia


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