Ricciardo talks to Sky F1 about an excellent drive at the Eifel GP, their emotions ahead of leaving Renault, along with a ‘forgotten’ shooey…
By Matt Morlidge
Last Up-to-date: 11/10/20 5: 43pm
“A long time arriving. ”
Daniel Ricciardo was delighted to lastly end his and Renault’s podium wait after a brilliant drive in the Eifel GP – and even discovered time to perform a customary shooey regardless of initially forgetting his famous special event!
Ricciardo we hadn’t finished on the podium since their last Red Bull victory within Monaco in 2018, while Renault’s wait had lasted since last year, but he was a superb 3rd for the improving French outfit within Sunday’s Nurburgring race.
“To be honest, it feels such as the first podium [Ricciardo’s first was in 2014] all over again, ” admitted a glowing Ricciardo to Sky F1’s Natalie Pinkham. “The feeling I have now could be like that really happy shock.
“It was pretty difficult. It’s been two and a half years since i have had a podium and it’s really nice. Whenever we signed on the dotted line for this Renault agreement, it was to be up here and obtain a podium by Year 2 and we’ve achieved that. inch
The in-form Ricciardo, who had been fourth three times within 2020 before the Eifel GP, put into Ted Kravitz during The Notebook: “In a way it was a long time coming mainly because we’ve been knocking on the door the previous few weekends. Now we’ve got it. inch
Ricciardo, up on the particular podium with Lewis Hamilton plus former Red Bull team-mate Utmost Verstappen, has made a ‘shooey’ special event – where he tips champagne as one of his racing shoes just before drinking it – an emphasize in recent years, but admitted he did not remember all about it post-race.
“I’m literally going to go is to do one now, ” he believed to Ted. “I forgot all about this! Basically Max sprayed me also it was freezing… and it’s 2020, you understand. Normally there’s fans yelling this, obviously there’s not really anyone else aside from the team under the podium and am feel like they kind of remind me personally. 2020 problems!
“I’ll do a little one for myself right now, and I’ll share it. inch
Share it, Ricciardo did.
“I believe I was so caught up in the podium, ” he said on Instagram. “So here it is, belated yet better late than ever. ”
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Crucial to Ricciardo’s competition on Sunday was overtaking Alex Albon and Charles Leclerc in early stages in the race, while he then kept off Sergio Perez – assisted partly by a late Safety Vehicle which allowed him to hole for fresh tyres.
“I know at the start it was important to get Albon and Leclerc, inch he said. “Leclerc held upon for a few laps, he defended nicely, but then I got him and that fixed us up.
“The Safety Car restart… I got really close to getting Max but all of us obviously tussling meant Perez obtained very close, and I thought this individual was going to get me into Convert Four. ”
Renault, meanwhile, appear to be hitting top type just before Ricciardo’s exit from the group, with the 31-year-old leaving for McLaren at the end of the season.
“We’re moving on but this does indeed still cap a pretty cool tale we’ve had for these two years as well as the good news is that it’s not over however, ” added Ricciardo.
“I’m obviously OK with it plus excited for next year, but I had created much rather end on a higher. People think it’s easier to depart when you’re struggling, and yeah for certain you’re moving onto something much better – but I don’t wish to struggle, period.
“I want to have success in every race, to leave here with a lot of enthusiasm, happiness, it’s cool. I’m Cofortable with everything right now and just really delighted we’ve had a successful season. To become fighting at the front again, that’s the things i want. ”
Ricciardo’s podium also means Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul has to prepare for some refreshing ink. The pair had a wager that if Ricciardo secured a top-three finish before the end of the period, Abiteboul would get a tattoo — picking the placement and dimension himself but his driver the style.
“I know a number of artists in London! ” exclaimed Ricciardo. “We both spend some time in London using the team so I might schedule just a little call-in with the team and set upward a little house studio for your pet I reckon. ”