Daniel Ricciardo: ‘I thought it was pretty much a perfect race’

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Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo came close to snatching the win of the Singapore Grand Prix away from Mercedes AMG PETRONAS driver Nico Rosberg with a last minute charge on Sunday, but ultimately came up less than half a second short.

However, the Red Bull Racing driver seemed pleased with his performance on the whole, commenting that: “It was close today. We did everything we could and I thought it was pretty much a perfect race. The only thing that would have been better was to get Nico at the start.”

With one lap to go, Ricciardo had brought the gap between him and the championship leader down to less than a second, but couldn’t quite catch the German driver.

“Throughout the race I wasn’t really thinking about what happens when I catch him, I was just focusing on trying to catch him and put some pressure on.

“I knew his engineer had been on his radio saying: “Ricciardo is catching you, two seconds a lap.” It’s not a nice feeling to hear that, so I was just trying to keep on pushing and keep the crowd entertained.”

Despite not having managed to deliver a win yet so far this season, the result in Singapore was his fifth podium of 2016, and the Aussie fan favourite commented that he couldn’t have done anything more to end his win-less streak.

“I pushed so much at the end on the supersoft and really tried to do something but it wasn’t close enough. I don’t really leave here with any regrets. Obviously we came here to win and we didn’t but I felt we left it all on the track.”