Daniel Ricciardo has finally ended his luckless run of form after finishing fourth in today’s Bahrain Grand Prix, with the result marking his best ever finish in Formula 1 and his first points for Red Bull.
The Australian driver did finish his home grand prix in second place at the beginning of the season, but he was then disqualified after his car was found to have exceeded the fuel flow limit. The team has appealed against this, and will learn the decision of the FIA on April 14th.
Following this, Ricciardo then had his race ruined by a pit stop error in Malaysia, causing him to retire. He was also handed a 10 place grid penalty for the Bahrain GP after the unsafe release.
After qualifying in third place yesterday, Ricciardo started down in P13, but he managed to fight his way up the order. Following the safety car period, he was given a chance to push harder on his final set of tires, and very nearly caught Sergio Perez in the final podium position at the end of the race after passing teammate Sebastian Vettel earlier in the race. Ultimately, he was forced to settle for fourth, but it did mark his first points haul of the season.
The team’s hopes of getting Ricciardo reinstated in Australia appear to be slim, but Ricciardo will be happy to have finally broken his streak of bad luck ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix in two weeks’ time.