Daniel Ricciardo insists he has no regrets over narrowly missing out on a podium finish in the Brazilian Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver recovered from 11th on the grid - following a grid drop for taking on new engine components - to finish fourth in Brazil, less than half a second behind Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.

While Ricciardo was unable to secure a first podium since winning the Monaco Grand Prix in May, he was pleased to put an end to his recent reliability woes with a strong performance.

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“We had the pace but I don’t have any regrets,” Ricciardo explained after the race.

“I don’t feel I lost a podium or the team lost it for me. We did everything we could. So, I am not upset about that.

“I just feel like every time we start out of position or at the back, we have a fast car. So it is just a bit of built up frustration. But the race was fun.

“They [Red Bull] left me out at the beginning and let me attack at the end but I’m not angry at anyone, just upset that we just missed the podium when we definitely had a car quick enough.”

Teammate Max Verstappen also demonstrated strong pace and looked destined to win the race until a collision with backmarker Esteban Ocon at mid-distance handed the victory to Lewis Hamilton.

Ricciardo said he can take the encouragement from Red Bull’s impressive performance heading into the season finale in Abu Dhabi, where he wants to end his tenure with the team on a high note.

“We had a surprisingly had a very fast car today,” Ricciardo added. “I know we were better than fourth but anyway I get one more chance with the team to get up there.

“With the pace we had today I really have some optimism going to Abu Dhabi. I feel that is always a stronger track for us than this is.”

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