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Ricciardo Happy With Race But Disappointed To Miss Out On Podium

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Daniel Ricciardo - Brazilian Grand Prix - F1
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Daniel Ricciardo was “disappointed” to miss out on a podium as he finished fourth at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

The Australian started down in eleventh after a grid penalty and fought his way back through the field at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace but just missed out on the final podium place to Kimi Räikkönen.

“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.

“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.”

The Aston Martin Red Bull Racing driver made some brilliant overtaking manoeuvres including one over ex-team-mate Sebastian Vettel but admits he is “frustrated” that once again he had to take a penalty.

“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 maybe 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 bitter sweet 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.”

This was Ricciardo’s penultimate race for Red Bull before he leaves at the end of the season and he says he heads to Abu Dhabi optimistic.

“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.”

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