Daniel Ricciardo says it was "very good" to score his first points of the season in China, bringing his STR home in seventh place.
Having failed to reach the chequered flag in the opening two races, Ricciardo put in a massive display to qualify seventh around the Shanghai circuit on Saturday.
And although Ricciardo's race could have been seriously hurt by an early incident with Nico Rosberg that necessitated a pitstop for a new nose, the Aussie bounced back to finish seventh.
"It's good, very good," the 23-year-old told Sky Sports F1.
"I realised in Bahrain last year you can get a good qualifying but doesn't mean anything if you can't get a result in the race.
"I was quite calm after Saturday's performance and kept cool and relaxed because I knew the job was still ahead and I'm really pleased I pulled it off.
"Not only for myself but for the team, I think it's really good momentum for us and after two weekends we forgot this is the best result we could have asked."
Added to that, Ricciardo was also not far off from Felipe Massa, crossing the line less than two seconds after the Ferrari driver.
"The Ferrari was definitely getting bigger [into view].
"I was hoping for a couple more [places] to be honest, I don't think Massa was too far away, but I'll take seventh to be honest. We can't complain with that."
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