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F1 Italian GP: Ricciardo takes pride from Bottas pass for fifth

Daniel Ricciardo feels he can leave Monza satisfied with his race having scored his minimum objective of fifth thanks to a superb pass on Valtteri Bottas.
Daniel Ricciardo feels he can leave Monza satisfied with his race having scored his minimum objective of fifth place for Red Bull with a superb pass on Valtteri Bottas.

The Red Bull driver spent the majority of the race aiming to catch the Williams ahead of him and thanks to a useful strategy giving him potent late race pace he was able to line-up the Finn during the closing stages.

Despite his Red Bull's apparent straight-line speed deficit against the Mercedes-powered Williams the Australian drafted behind Bottas at the start of lap 47 before a brave dive up the inside at the first chicane.

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“I was behind Valtteri for a long part in the middle of the race and once we got close, you start to damage your tyres a bit and they are so quick on the straight,” Ricciardo said. “I never got as close as I did on that lap and even though it was far back, I thought 'Maybe this is as close as I will get, so, have a go, why not'.

“I didn't want to leave Sunday night feeling if only I had tried this or that. I thought I'd try and yeah he is fair. I knew he wasn't going to turn into me and cause an accident.”

Ricciardo feels he can be satisfied with fifth which sees him retain third place in the F1 drivers' championship with a eight point gap on Sebastian Vettel.

“Obviously coming in, especially the last two races, we have finished on the podium and you obviously hope now for a podium every race, but realistically we knew Ferrari was going to come into here with an edge on us,” he said. “We knew Williams and Force India would be strong. So, fifth was our objective and I got that.”

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