Ricciardo 'extremely happy' with maiden points
18 March 2012 – Daniel Ricciardo was delighted to achieve a maiden F1 points finish in his first ever Australian Grand Prix on Sunday, securing a well-earned ninth place in front of his many home supporters in Melbourne. The Toro Rosso man bounced back admirably from woeful opening lap, which included contact with Williams rival Bruno Senna.
“At the start, I got caught up in the accident and at the moment I don't understand how it happened," Ricciardo explained. "I made a decent start, I moved to the outside but there were too many of us there. I hit the left front quite hard against a Williams and had to come in to change the nose. I had to race with a bit of damage after that.
Despite overcoming team-mate Jean-Éric Vergne in a chaotic finish to the race, Ricciardo believes a better result could have been recorded this afternoon.
“It's good to finish ninth, but I think I could have done better because the car was very strong, given how fast it was even with the damage I had to carry, with the car pulling to one side," he added. "It was not easy to come back, but I never gave up, pushing all the time.
“I'm extremely happy and it's great to score my first F1 points here at home in Australia, where the crowd has been just fantastic all weekend long.”
Team-mate Vergne ultimately wound up in 11th position on his Formula 1 debut, having run through the Turn 3 gravel trap just after the halfway point of the race.