Ricciardo's 'little win' over Hamilton in Canada

Monday, 11 juny 2018, 12:09 , by Matthew Scott

Daniel Ricciardo remain focused on the 2018 drivers' title after taking a "little win" in his fourth-place finish at the Monaco Grand Prix. Ricciardo finished fourth at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, jumping Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton after starting sixth on the grid in Montreal.

Sebastian Vettel took victory, to move ahead of Lewis Hamilton in the drivers' standings, and the Ferrari man will hold a one-point lead at the French Grand Prix in two weeks' time.

Ricciardo lost third in the standings to Valtteri Bottas, who finished second in Montreal, however the Australian says a title bid in 2018 is "still a reality" after gaining two points on the reigning champion in Canada.

"I don't know (if) Lewis, let's say, had issues this weekend – but this is normally a really strong track for him," Ricciardo said.

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"It's normally a strong track for Mercedes. So for us to take a few points away – I think it's a little win and gives us a lot of encouragement coming in for the next few races.

"It was fun. It felt good. I came on the radio and said I think I can keep this pace – so I kind of hinted we could probably go again but once they saw I overcut Lewis that was enough.

"I'm relatively content for a fourth place. We chose to qualify on the hypersofts and we knew it would be aggressive at the beginning. We knew we had to use that.

"We got the jump on Kimi and then the overcut on Lewis. I actually think we did all we could with that strategy so I'm pretty happy.

"Obviously I'm pretty happy we got it (the car) through the whole weekend. We got some good points and I believe we gained two points in the championship – because we got Lewis."

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Comments (6)

  • Dean Williams
    Yeah aren’t you already on your 3rd engine and it’s only 7 races in. With Mercedes having a new engine upgrade next race.
  • Jonas Kylov Gielfeldt
    Naa he's doing great, but the engine is not strong enough.

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