Daniel Ricciardo bounced back from a late run-in with Nico Rosberg to claim his first podium finish of the 2015 Formula 1 season in the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday.
Ricciardo came into contention for the race win following a safety car period with 20 laps to go, running third behind Rosberg, who in turn was behind leader Sebastian Vettel.
In a bid to challenge for the race win, Ricciardo tried to pass Rosberg with a lunge at the first corner on lap 64, only for the two drivers to make contact. Rosberg was left with a puncture that caused him to drop down the order and finish the race in eighth place.
Ricciardo was forced to pit for a new front wing, but managed to get back out on track in third place with fresh tires, allowing him to post the fastest lap of the race.
Although he was unable to catch Red Bull teammate Daniil Kvyat before the end of the race, the Australian was still delighted with the result in light of his many incidents.
“It was a crazy race,” Ricciardo said. “There was contact in turn one, I thought there was a lot of damage, I thought the race was over. Contact on the restart with Lewis, I thought the race was over, and then contact with Nico as well.
“We were resilient today. I left it all on the track. I put my heart into everything today, and I think that’s the way Jules [Bianchi] would have wanted it. I owe that race to him.
“I’m very grateful to be on the podium. It feels like a victory. It’s been a long time, a long season for me. I feel I gained some strength today. I owe this one to him.”
The stewards did investigate the collision between Ricciardo and Rosberg, only to decide that neither driver was entirely to blame for their coming together.
“I came from a long way back,” Ricciardo explained. “We know we don’t have the speed on the straights. I knew we were quick enough to win.
“I saw Seb wasn’t getting away, so I thought if I could get Nico then I could probably get Seb. The laps were counting down, I saw a gap and I went for it.
“At that stage, the move was clean, and then it just looked like Nico cut back on the exit and came across. I didn’t have enough room and I touched his tire.
“It was close. It was disappointed we both ruined our chances of the win, but I wanted to leave it all out there.”