EMBRACE the weirdness.
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. But remarkably 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 leaderboard.
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 finish).