Daniel Ricciardo: “I knew we were in a position to attack”


Daniel Ricciardo finished fifth in the Monaco Grand Prix, handing fourth place back to his team-mate Daniil Kvyat on the final lap as part of an agreement after the Australian was allowed to pass the Russian driver in an attempt to take a podium finish.

The Infiniti Red Bull Racing driver closed the gap to Lewis Hamilton ahead of him but could not get close enough to overtake the reigning World Champion, so conceded the place back to Kvyat in the closing stages.

He also managed to escape a penalty from the stewards despite forcing the Scuderia Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen wide at Mirabeau after touching the Finnish driver’s rear wheel while making an overtaking manoeuvre.

“It was a good race today and a good result for the team,” said Ricciardo. “I had some fun in the last few laps trying to get close to Hamilton and Vettel to fight for a podium position.

“I knew we were in a position to attack in the end, which made it exciting I think. The team worked well, Dany let me past to have a crack at the podium and I gave back the place on the last lap when I couldn’t get past Hamilton.

“I had a little incident with Kimi and it’s hard to get a clean move without a little contact in Monaco, I appreciate the stewards not taking any further action and I think the crowd and the fans enjoyed it.

“We’ll try and keep up the pace in the next few races to hopefully stay in the top five.”