Red Bull team principal Christian Horner believes Daniel Ricciardo has proved this season that his overtaking is "up there with the best".

Ricciardo was thought by some as something of a risk this year - particularly when Kimi Raikkonen was also available to step in and replace Mark Webber. However, Ricciardo has gone from strength to strength, following up his third win of the year in Belgium, with a brilliant fight back to take fifth in Sunday's 2014 F1 Italian Grand Prix.

Indeed Ricciardo took maximum advantage of stopping later and having fresher tyres to pass three Formula 1 world champions en-route to P5 in the final third of the race, including Raikkonen and his team-mate, Sebastian Vettel.

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"I think what Daniel did was truly impressive with some of his overtaking manoeuvres to get himself back into contention. Sebastian's tyres, unfortunately, were six laps short of keeping that position. But six to one, half a dozen to the other, at the time you make the decision you have got to go with what is in front of you," Horner told reporters at Monza, including

Quizzed further on the passes Ricciardo put in, Horner added: "I thought some of Daniel's moves were fantastic. I thought he really drove with precision. You didn't see either of our drivers locking up and going straight on at Turn 1 or off track moments. I thought Sebastian's defensive driving was phenomenal today [as well] and so I don't think we could have asked for more from the drivers.

"Daniel's overtaking has been one of his, for somebody that had a question mark over his overtaking coming into the year, he [has shown it] is right up there with the best."

So does he continue to surprise?

"Absolutely, every race is a surprise," Horner continued. "His start was shocking and he stuck his hand up and apologised that he didn't get a good start. But then his recovery, particularly after his stop onto the prime tyres, was extremely impressive."


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New season, new car and team for Ricciardo, and he's beating Vettel fair and square, end off, this is Vettel's team car built round him as with other teams, Alonso said it all last year on TV, we will see how good Vettel is in a car fighting for 5th or 6th, well now we know, a good, average F1driver, who won in the best car on the grid, but didn't have to fight much to win, makes Horners comments about Vettel being one of the greats look sad.