Daniel Ricciardo has revealed he had the potential to overtake George Russell in fifth position if it hadn't been for the red flag incident during the Grand Prix.
Despite an impressive performance during the Mexican Grand Prix weekend, where he qualified in fourth and then crossed the line in P7, the Australian driver was disappointed that he couldn't secure a higher finishing position in the race.
Ricciardo found himself in a close battle with George Russell's Mercedes, being within 0.55 seconds, and they were contending for position right up to the chequered flag.
“Great weekend,” Ricciardo said to French TV broadcaster Canal +. “We controlled everything well. the race up to the red flag was well managed. We could have finished 5th today. The red flag had more of an impact on us than on other drivers. We almost had George at the end.
“We're going to try to finish the season on this pace. We could have scored more points without Yuki's accident.”
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