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Ricciardo: A top five is not far away

Sunday 08-September-2013 15:45

Daniel Ricciardo was "pleased" after following up his Red Bull Racing signing with a strong showing and more points in Italy.

While in the past some drivers, most recently Sergio Perez, have been handed a dream promotion only to flounder in the wake of the announcement, Ricciardo rose to the challenge at Monza.

The Aussie, who on Monday was confirmed by Red Bull for next season, brought his Toro Rosso home in seventh place on Sunday, netting six points.

And his points-haul even elevated the 24-year-old ahead of his team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne in the Drivers' Championship.

"I am pleased with that!" he said of his Italian GP. "After qualifying well yesterday, it was nice to maintain that position at the end of today.

"In recent races where we have managed to qualify in the top ten, we didn't have the pace to stay there in the race, but today we did.

"I think I got the most out of the car, managing to keep the guys behind me and the low downforce set-up certainly helped us down the straights.

"The others got close to me in the second sector, but I was able to pull away once we got to the high speed sections, which we knew from yesterday would be our strong point.

"We must keep pushing hard on the car development for the next few races, because hopefully, a top five finish is not too far away."

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