Daniel Ricciardo was one of the stand-out drivers in today’s Italian Grand Prix, fighting back from a poor qualifying and start to finish in fifth place ahead of Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel.
The Australian driver was never really in contention to claim a third straight win this weekend, but he did manage to strengthen his grip on third place in the drivers’ championship as nearest rival Fernando Alonso was forced to retire from the race.
Starting ninth, Ricciardo made a poor start to drop outside of the top ten, but came into contention following his pit stop for fresh tires after a long first stint. He duly picked off Kimi Raikkonen, Jenson Button, Sergio Perez and Kevin Magnussen before sweeping past his teammate to claim fifth place at the flag.
An early pit stop appeared to compromise Vettel’s strategy, meaning that he was powerless to stop Ricciardo from getting past with five laps to go. The German driver did make a good defensive move, only to be duped by his teammate heading into the second chicane.
Red Bull will now be focusing on the Singapore Grand Prix in two weeks’ time at a track that should play to the strengths of the RB10 car.