Daniel Ricciardo says he appreciates the stewards not taking action against him for his move on Kimi Raikkonen during the latter stages of the Monaco Grand Prix, saying he believes the crowd enjoyed it.

Ricciardo ran ahead of his rival during the first stint of the race but would lose out during the pit-stops, the Australian appearing on course for a sixth place finish when he was pitted under the safety car for a late punt on the super-soft tyres.

Resuming behind Raikkonen, Ricciardo pounced instantly into Mirabeau, but would clip the right-rear of the Ferrari to send it wide, allowing him to nip through into fifth place. With race stewards deeming no action necessary - despite Raikkonen's objections -, Ricciardo believes the move made for good TV at least.

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"I had a little incident with Kimi and it's hard to get a clean move without a little contact in Monaco, I appreciate the stewards not taking any further action and I think the crowd and the fans enjoyed it."

Allowed to pass team-mate Daniil Kvyat ahead in an attempt to attack the top three, though Ricciardo's failure to get through meant he had to give up the position back to the Russian, he was nonetheless pleased with a more competitive race than of late.

"It was a good race today and a good result for the team. I had some fun in the last few laps trying to get close to Hamilton and Vettel to fight for a podium position. I knew we were in a position to attack in the end which made it exciting I think.

"The team worked well, Dany let me past to have a crack at the podium and I gave back the place on the last lap when I couldn't get past Hamilton.

"We'll try and keep up the pace in the next few races to hopefully stay in the top five."