Daniel Ricciardo says his eighth place finish at Monza felt like a podium to his Red Bull team after starting from the back due to his 50-place grid penalty.

The Australian suffered a complete engine blow out after just five laps into FP3 in Italy and consequently received a 50-place grid penalty for a total power unit change.

Despite starting 19th on the grid, the Red Bull driver enjoyed a strong race to cut through the field and finish eighth after passing Sauber's Marcus Ericsson on the final lap.

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Ricciardo says getting past Ericsson was a nice bonus at the end of a productive race and felt like celebrating his points finish in Italy in a similar fashion to his podium in the Hungarian Grand Prix.

"It was cool, it was a bit like last year we had pace at the end and we were able to go longer," Ricciardo said. "We were able to attack and it was good to get Ericsson on the last corner, I'm sure he isn't pleased but it made my race sweeter.

"We knew we'd struggle along the straights and it was always going to be hard to get into the top ten here with our package but the chassis itself I was really happy with. At the start of the weekend I said to get into the top eight will feel like a podium for us."

With a satisfying end to a difficult race weekend in Italy Ricciardo is now looking ahead to the street circuit in Singapore which traditionally suits the Red Bull machine and has eyes on a return to the rostrum in two weeks time.

"I don't want to get too excited but we can go to Singapore with some confidence," he said. "The car has got better and better over the last few races and Singapore will hopefully bring our car to life and challenge Ferrari for a podium.

"I'm really happy with the work the team has done over the past few months, the last three races in particular have felt a lot better."