Confirming and improving by one position a good result is not that easy, especially in an eventful, uncertain race just like the one that took place at the Russian Grand Prix.
This is what Daniel Ricciardo did, confirming a great moment for his career after winning at Monza and placing fourth at Sochi. The deal is even bigger after that both he and McLaren reacted positively and promptly on his side at the sudden rain which fell on the last laps.
“Pretty eventful race – the Australian commented when asked to describe the Russian GP – Sometimes this track doesn’t provide that, but this weekend it did with both quali and the race.
"There was a lot that happened. I think my start was kinda too good! I had to pull out and then pull back in, so we lost a few positions there, but then made a few back over the first lap. So, there were some good moments. I defended pretty well in the first stint, then in the second stint made a few good passes, but then struggled towards the end of that Hard tyre,"- he said.
“Then the rain came, and that’s when it all turned on its head, - he continued - The in-lap was sketchy. I think Carlos [Sainz] went off in Turn Seven, then me, then Max [Verstappen]. I think Max saw both of us and just went off less and was able to pass there. Then we got out on the Inters and I could see Carlos ahead – the last couple of laps I felt like I was bringing him in a bit, but it was a little too late. I just missed the podium, but P4 is a solid result. Good points and, I think, for those tricky conditions, it’s always nice just to get out with your nose clean. There are definitely some positives and personally still a few things to work on, so we’ll keep our head down.”