Daniel Ricciardo bravely said yesterday that he would not settle for anything less than a podium finish in the Monaco Grand Prix, but he delivered on his promise today by finishing in third place.
For the first time this season, Red Bull appeared to be able to keep Mercedes in sight, with Ricciardo staying within a few tenths of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton’s pace. After a poor start that saw him drop down to fifth, the Australian was fortunate to pick up two places when Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen hit trouble.
In the final few stages of the race, though, Lewis Hamilton’s pace dropped when he got something in his eye. Ricciardo sensed this and put in fastest lap after fastest lap in an attempt to catch the Briton. Ultimately, he fell just four-tenths of a second short, but it was a titanic effort nevertheless.
With this result, Ricciardo has moved up to fourth place in the drivers’ championship ahead of four-time world champion Vettel, and will be keen on scoring his third straight podium finish at the Canadian Grand Prix in two weeks’ time.