Daniel Ricciardo is thrilled with the first podium for Renault and says he feels like he finished among the top three for the first time after more than two years since he last stood on the podium in Monaco. Ricciardo finished fourth three times this year, and although six out of ten teams (Mercedes, Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren, Racing Point and AlphaTauri) were on the podium this year Renault was still waiting for its first podium ( Before the Nurburgring,) since returning to Formula 1 in 2016.
The Australian qualified sixth behind Leclerc and Albon with slower times in Q3 than in Q2, but in the race he managed to overtake Leclerc and later resist Perez at Racing Point who was not helped by the late exit of the safety car.
Ricciardo retained Perez without a hitch until the end of the race and finished third as his 30th Formula One podium and first for Renault since the 2010 Belgian GP when Kubica finished third behind Hamilton and Webber.
Ricciardo on his race
Although it was not at all easy to achieve such a victory, Ricciardo was overjoyed and could not hide his emotions at any point.
Certainly Ricciardo wasn't the only one who felt that way. The leaders of Renault have been waiting for such a success for so long and they have finally felt something like that. “It feels like I’m on a podium for the first time,” Ricciardo said.
"The emotions you feel when you get out of the car, hug the team, the mechanics pat you on the helmet, it's just amazing and I'm so happy we did it." “This is my first podium with Renault and it’s something I wanted to achieve when I embarked on an adventure with them.
It's been two and a half years since I was at this press conference, so it's been a long time. " "I felt the podium was coming after our performances in the last races so I'm very happy we made it."
"The race was pretty tight and we were debating whether to get into boxing a second time or not, but we had luxury positions on the track." "The safety car gave us an advantage, so we made that decision, which in the end was the right one.
What a day! ” With this result, Ricciardo advanced from sixth to fourth place in the drivers' standings, and in the last five races only Hamilton and Bottas won more points than him.