Chinese GP

Ricciardo, second on the grid, snatched the lead from Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg at the start, but suffered a left-rear puncture on the third lap which forced him to make an early pit stop – a setback which was magnified by a subsequent safety-car period that dropped him even further down the field to 17th. From there, however, he fought back superbly, pulling off a string of sensational passes – including one on defending champion Lewis Hamilton – to rescue fourth place, finishing just six seconds off team mate Daniil Kvyat in the final podium spot.

“There was some incidents on the first lap so I saw some debris, but it didn’t seem like I caught a big bit or anything, so the puncture was pretty unexpected… I guess it was unlucky, and then the safety car put us even further back, so that was a double whammy – it felt like getting punched in the stomach by a heavyweight… But from there it was probably the best race of my career.”

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