With Lewis Hamilton heavily penalised and Max Verstappen retiring from the race, a very unlikely race winner emerged in Pierre Gasly for AlphaTauri.
He added: "Congrats to Pierre. Even if circumstances were in his favour today, still, having those restarts, red flags… it’s not easy.
"You’ve built up all this adrenaline, you cool yourself, then you try and get jacked up again. Mentally it’s really hard. It’s fun, I actually like it, but it is tough.
"For him to maintain that for his first win around a track that is an overtakeable-style circuit – congrats to him, he deserves it."
Down in 10th at the restart, Ricciardo was frustrated as he had done so well to make up places at the start of the grand prix, but he was pleased with how he responded.
He concluded: "First thing was making sure the engineer told me Charles was okay, I saw he was pretty deep in the barriers. I didn’t want to complain too much and then he said he was okay so then I started showing a bit of frustration.
"But this is racing, man, this is circumstances. I think we recovered well, both starts we moved forward and I honestly did the best race I could. Sixth was what it was today.
"I’m convinced there will be another race like this this year, another chaotic one. We’ll get the better end of it."
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