Daniel Ricciardo: “I committed to the move and he squeezed me”

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Despite being frustrated after the Mexican Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo still had a fun Grand Prix for Red Bull Racing.

The Australian saw the chequered flag in fifth but with a five-second time penalty for Max Verstappen after the race, this saw him promoted to fourth. Verstappen received this penalty after he left the track and gained an advantage when defending from Sebastian Vettel at turn one.  Ricciardo then inherited third when Vettel was then handed a penalty of his own for moving under braking defending position from the Red Bull driver.

At the beginning of the Grand Prix at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Ricciardo attempted to pass Vettel into turn four, with the two touching twice and luckily, escaped with no more than a flat-spotted tyre for Ricciardo.

Ricciardo is happy to receive the points but believes it would have been nice to get up on the podium and enjoy it, in front of the fans in Mexico.

“Obviously I’m happy to get the points,” said Ricciardo. “I think that means third for me in the Drivers’ Championship, so I’m quite proud of that this year.

“Sure it would have been nice to get up on the podium and enjoy it but none the less that was the situation today. It was a fun race. Even though I was quite frustrated after the race with the incident and all that, I still had a lot of fun with that battle.”

Moving under braking has been talked about a lot recently, after a few drivers have expressed their feelings about these moves being dangerous. It has been clarified by the FIA, with them warning drivers they will be penalised. Ricciardo believes penalties after the race aren’t ideal, but for Sunday, it was called for.

“Sure I want to race and having penalties after the race isn’t ideal,” added Ricciardo. “But I did feel today that it was called for.

“I committed to the move and he squeezed me. Racing should be tough and l don’t expect being waved through but we talked about the moving under braking and that’s on paper now. The only thing I’m disappointed of is not to be in the stadium in that moment but the podium is still up so I’ll go and have a few photos with the guys.”