Daniel Ricciardo is delighted to have equalled his best finish in Formula One after coming home in seventh in today’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza.
The Australian driver produced an impressive display, battling with Romain Grosjean and both McLaren drivers for the majority of the race. He eventually held off Romain Grosjean and a charging Lewis Hamilton on the last lap to cross the line in P7, picking up six points to move ahead of teammate Jean-Eric Vergne in the drivers’ championship.
“After qualifying well yesterday, it was nice to maintain that position at the end of today,” Ricciardo explained after the race. “In recent races where we have managed to qualify in the top ten, we didn’t have the pace to stay there in the race, but today we did. I think I got the most out of the car, managing to keep the guys behind me and the low downforce setup certainly helped us down the straights.”
Despite the good result, Ricciardo has called on the team to continue developing the STR8 car in order to better this result in the coming races.
“We must keep pushing hard on the car development for the next few races, because hopefully, a top five finish is not too far away.”
Ricciardo has seven races left with Toro Rosso before moving to defending world champions Red Bull for 2014, replacing the outgoing Mark Webber.