Ricciardo has Strange Credit to Give for Fourth Place

Published 07/29/2018, 11:55 AM EDT
Ricciardo finished fourth. Source: Racer


Daniel Ricciardo was having a not so great weekend, as he was eliminated in Q2 yesterday, starting down in 12 place. His problem was further compounded when Marcus Ericsson drove into him before the first corner.

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With that bump from the Sauber, Ricciardo dropped four places to 16 before clawing his back through the field admirably. He picked off Alonso, Magnussen, Gasly, Sainz and Bottas at the end at various points to nab fourth place.

He was voted ‘Driver of the Day’ by F1 fans for his stupendous drive.

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Your #F1DriverOfTheDay

From P12 up to P4, top effort @danielricciardo 💪💪💪#HungarianGP 🇭🇺 #F1 pic.twitter.com/3bCxVe358T

— Formula 1 (@F1) July 29, 2018

After the race had ended, when the Australian was parking his car post the cool-down lap, he had the most random credit ever for helping him achieve fourth on the grid. Check out the video below to listen to who he believes gave him the inspiration.

LMFAOOOO WHAT @DANIELRICCIARDO pic.twitter.com/QBXPPQzfV1

— Liam (@hcafcLiam) July 29, 2018

‘Big dick energy’ is certainly one way to describe the Red Bull energy drink. Ricciardo is quite well-known for his fun-loving nature and this was yet another example of that.

He was certainly upbeat after almost two hours of grueling on the Hungaroring where he was hit twice at different stages of the race. One of them, mentioned above was by the Sauber of Marcus Ericsson.

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The other occurred during the closing stages of the race when Bottas, who was just tugging along after an earlier clash with Vettel and a set of spent softs, went on the defensive before Turn 1.

Ricciardo anticipated it well and went to the outside. He was definitely ahead of the Mercedes, but Bottas locked up a bit and went straight into the side-pod of the Red Bull.

Ricciardo had a bit of damage, but was game enough to go on and it paid off, as he caught Bottas subsequently and completed the move without any fuss.

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It was important for Red Bull as Verstappen’s retirement early from an engine failure meant that they lost out on crucial points.

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