Daniel Ricciardo felt delighted to have fought his way up from the final row of the grid to an eighth-place finish in Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza.
Ricciardo was forced to start the race from P19 due to a number of power unit penalties incurred by Red Bull across the course of the weekend.
The Australian made a great start to run 12th after just five laps, and managed to work his way all the way up to seventh place with a long first stint before pitting on lap 30 and moving onto the option tire.
Emerging back on track in tenth place, Ricciardo managed to pass Marcus Ericsson on the final lap of the race which combined with Nico Rosberg’s retirement left him eighth at the checkered flag.
“It was a great result for the team considering where we started and the characteristics of this track,” Ricciardo said after the race. “It was sweet taking that eighth place on the last lap from Ericsson.
“I am very happy with the chassis, the car was handling really well, and we were able to fight with a Ferrari and a Mercedes-powered car on a track where we lost out a lot on the straights.
“It wasn’t an easy weekend for us, but I think the race was positive and the energy in the team is good. I will probably celebrate with one more pizza.”
Ricciardo was joined in the points by Red Bull teammate Daniil Kvyat, who also produced a fine fightback from 18th on the grid to finish tenth, but feels that the team
“Monza was always going to be a tough weekend for us,” Kvyat said. “Our race wasn’t too bad considering where we started on the track, because of our penalties.
“I didn’t see much action during the race but it was a positive result to finish in the points, down to good teamwork. We’ll have to come back stronger in Singapore, where the track characteristics should suit us better.”