Ricciardo satisfied with result


Although satisfied with his P3 finish, Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo admitted that their plan was to overtake both Lewis Hamilton and NIco Rosberg at the start of the United States Grand Prix.

Starting the race on supersofts, the Aussie driver was hoping to gain an edge on the Mercedes duo, who were starting on softs, but only managed to get ahead of Rosberg.

Ricciardo ran P2 during the early stages of the race, but as the race progressed, the 27-year-old was out-done by his German rival.

Taking advantage of a Virtual Safety Car caused by Max Verstappen, Mercedes decided to call in Rosberg for a fresher pair of medium compounds, hindering Ricciardo’s strategy which ultimately cost him second place.

"The start went nearly to plan, it was okay," he explained to actor Gerard Butler during the podium interviews.

"The plan was to try get both Mercedes but we at least got Nico, which was a positive.

"Then we were looking like we were holding second quite well then the Virtual Safety Car.

"It is what it is.

"It is a bit of a frustrating one sometimes, Nico was able to jump me through that procedure.

"A bit of a shame, obviously we would have had a good fight at the end so sorry about that but out of my control."