F1: Daniel Ricciardo surges up the race ladder with
a mid-race blitz
Daniel Ricciardo rarely fails to put a smile on F1 fans’ faces
on race weekend and he didn’t disappoint at the British Grand
Prix on Sunday.
The Aussie started from 19th on the grid because of a
five-place penalty for a gearbox change combined with a horror
qualifying session that saw his RB13 suffer a turbo failure.
he climbed his way up to fifth by race end, one place
behind teammate Max Verstappen.
Ricciardo started strongly, making up plenty of ground before
he erred in swapping tarmac for gravel. His misadventure set
him back but it didn’t stop him altogether as he once again cut
swathes through the pack to head towards the top of the
He was unable to claim his sixth podium finish on the bounce
but fifth was still an incredible effort considering where he
started. The fun didn’t end there though as an understandably
exhausted Ricciardo was a tad delusional in his post-race
interview with Sky Sports’ Natalie Pinkham.
“One simply couldn’t have been higher than one was,” Ricciardo
said before he addressed flying off the track at Silverstone.
“I suspect the floor would have had a bit of damage after that.
It was a bit bumpy. My tush got a little bit dirty — or bruised
— but I think in the end fifth was the maximum (I could
“Even without that (veering off the track), sure, I would have
finished a long way up in terms of race time but I wouldn’t
have got close to the other guys (who finished on the podium).
“So yeah, crazy race, went through the field, I had a battle so
I enjoyed it a lot.”
Lewis Hamilton gave the home fans what they wanted as he
crossed the finish line first to cut Sebastian Vettel’s
championship lead to just one point. The Ferrari driver came
seventh when he suffered a punctured tyre that forced him into
an emergency pit stop late in the race.
His Scuderia teammate Kimi Raikkonen also suffered a puncture
but scraped through in third — the Italian outfit’s late drama
paving the way for Hamilton’s Mercedes comrade Valtteri Bottas
to slot into second on a perfect day for the Silver Arrows.
Hamilton led from start to finish and avoided the carnage that
unfolded behind him, but Ricciardo says his rollercoaster of a
day was just his way of ensuring the British fans didn’t forget
“I know they’re (the fans) super stoked Lewis won, but he led
from start to finish from what I understand so you’ve got to
take a bit of TV time away from him,” Ricciardo said. “That’s
all I was doing — trying to put myself in the spotlight.”
The 28-year-old started to drift off again before Pinkham let
him go, joking she had no other option because his rambling
gave the impression he was “about to pass out”.
“Yeah, I don’t really know what I’m talking about anymore. I
need sugar,” Ricciardo said
“Very excited … could cut glass at the moment with these
things. Budapest is a great track, we’re going to Hungary (for
the Hungarian Grand Prix), right now I’m hungry.”
I know HAM won today and congrats to him. But I felt I went
— Daniel Ricciardo (@danielricciardo)
July 16, 2017
What even was that Ricciardo interview on Sky? 😂😂 Guy is a
legend for real.
— Harry Jacks ⚒ (@Noble_2909) July
Is Ricciardo drunk doing that interview? hahaha funny stuff.
— Brandon Grams (@bgrams7) July
VERSTAPPEN STILL ‘JUMPY’ IN DEFENCE
They’re at it again.
Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel have enjoyed their fair
share of on-track duels in F1 — and the British GP served up
Not only did Verstappen jump the Ferrari off the start, but he
then displayed his full array of defensive skills to keep a
charging Vettel at bay after his move down the inside of Stowe.
The Red Bull teenager was then accused of moving under braking
when Vettel was attacking later in the race, with the
championship leader claiming Verstappen needed to “calm down”.
“We know he’s a bit jumpy on that,” Vettel said. “He’s trying
to defend as hard as possible but at some point you need to
stick to your line. I’m sure he will calm down, he’s not done
that many races.”
When asked if he felt Verstappen overstepped the mark, Vettel
added: “No, not really, but you can argue on that — what did it
“The fact that I ran out of tyres and it blows up, that’s
something nobody could’ve seen.
“It was clear we were faster, we got him in the pit stop.
“We weren’t fighting anybody else so it’s fine. He has calmed
down a lot already, so it’s normal.”
Verstappen, however, who was only passed by Vettel thanks to a
Ferrari pit stop undercut, defended his tactics and said over
team radio that the German was trying to play “bumper cars” at
“I knew I was quite a bit slower than him but I just tried to
stay in front with every possible thing I could do,” Verstappen
told Sky Sports F1. “Luckily he didn’t pass me on track so I’m
very happy about that.”
— with Sky Sports