Three seconds shy of the podium at Spa, Daniel Ricciardo says the “pin was out” after his overtook Pierre Gasly and tried to chase down Max Verstappen.
Starting the Belgian Grand Prix fourth on the grid, Ricciardo and Renault were racing for that elusive first podium result together.
Ricciardo retained his P4 in the early running but dropped positions after pitting behind the Safety Car that was out for Antonio Giovinazzi and George Russell’s crash.
As the pit stops played out, Ricciardo was sixth in the line, losing out to Sergio Perez and Gasly, both of whom didn’t stop.
Passing Perez and then Gasly, Ricciardo was back up to fourth at the midway point of the grand prix.
He promptly set about trying to hunt down his former team-mate Verstappen, and the podium.
Despite closing up on the Red Bull driver and even putting in a fastest lap of the grand prix on the final lap, he fell three seconds short.
“I honestly felt like the ‘pin was out’ as soon as I passed Gasly really, the pin was out,” Ricciardo told Crash.net.
“It just came to me.
“I think fighting with Perez and Gasly, the tyres overheat so it takes a few laps for them to come back and once it did, it crept up and crept up.
“I wasn’t really leaving anything on the table and then the last lap I put everything into it but that wasn’t sustainable to hit those laps for much longer.
“I feel like I used everything.”
The Aussie added that he hadn’t “really leaving anything on the table”.
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Ricciardo made a great start on Sunday as he ran alongside Verstappen into the first corner.
However, the seven-time grand prix didn’t push to take the position off the Dutchman as he acknowledged that it could have potentially compromised his afternoon.
“Don’t get me wrong I was trying to overtake but it was always an element of will they be a bit quicker,” Ricciardo added.
“I was trying to overtake and if he would have passed me later so be it but it wasn’t worth putting myself out in the first few corners, that is what I am trying to say.
“I was there, I was obviously trying but keeping that 1% of maturity and discipline in me.”