Ricciardo happy despite missing podium
6 April 2014 – Daniel Ricciardo was in high spirits after an impressive recovery drive in Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix saw him climb from 13th to fourth.
The Red Bull driver, who lost his second row start due to the 10-place grid penalty he picked up at the previous Malaysian event, pulled off a string of impressive moves throughout the evening, and crossed the line just four tenths of a second behind Force India rival Sergio Pérez.
He also came out on top in a direct duel with team-mate and reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel, who finished two places adrift in fifth.
"It was an awesome race," said Ricciardo. "I think the first stint was a bit follow-the-leader, but from the second stint onwards, the race really started to turn up the heat and there were more battles going on in front and behind – it was good to be a part of them.
"We got close to the podium today, I think within half a second, so I was doing all I could. The car came to me as the race went on and I was happy with how I moved up through the pack, so a good day."
Ricciardo added his delight at being able to go wheel-to-wheel with Vettel in a respectful manner.
"It was good fun to race Sebastian, it was hard but fair and we left each other room," he said. "That's what we want from each other and we discussed it beforehand, we’re racers and that’s what we enjoy doing."