Daniel Ricciardo disappointed by close podium miss in Brazil GP
Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was left disappointed after narrowly missing out on the final spot on the podium to Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
The Australian was forced to start 11th on the grid after taking a five-place grid penalty for a new turbocharger after a fire marshal in Mexico destroyed it via fire extinguisher into the exhaust pipe.
Ricciardo managed to charge through the midfield runners in quick succession and swiftly got onto the back of the leading pack with plenty of speed still in reserve.
A late pit-stop onto the yellow-marked soft tyre and used his superior pace to close back on the leaders, passing Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas in close-quarter battles as he charged tried to chase down Raikkonen.
"I’m happy with my race, I’m happy with all the team’s efforts but still a bit disappointed to just miss out on the podium," said Ricciardo.
"I caught Kimi and could see the podium but unfortunately it just wasn’t quite enough. The strategy was spot on once again so we can’t fault ourselves at all.
"I had fun and some great battles, especially my pass on Bottas. I told the team on the radio I was going for it and I made it stick.
"The battle with Seb was cool, I think we may be touched once or twice, but I’ve always respected him and the way he races. We’ve had some on-track battles before, at times it gets slightly heated, but I believe we know where each other’s limits are.
"It’s frustrating because every time we have a penalty we seem to have a fast car, if we started closer to the front I’m confident we could have had a really good result.
"It’s bittersweet I guess, we did well but if we had started where I qualified we could have done better, you can’t ask for much starting start from 11th.
"Anyway, I have no regrets from the race, I did all I could and I know the team did, so it is what it is. With the pace we had today I really have some optimism going to Abu Dhabi.
"I feel like that’s a stronger track for us than this, so maybe we can go there and drink some fake champagne."