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Ricciardo fights back to finish fourth (VIDEO)

Apr 6, 2014, 2:20 PM EST

Daniel Ricciardo has finally ended his luckless run of form after finishing fourth in today’s Bahrain Grand Prix, with the result marking his best ever finish in Formula 1 and his first points for Red Bull.

The Australian driver did finish his home grand prix in second place at the beginning of the season, but he was then disqualified after his car was found to have exceeded the fuel flow limit. The team has appealed against this, and will learn the decision of the FIA on April 14th.

Following this, Ricciardo then had his race ruined by a pit stop error in Malaysia, causing him to retire. He was also handed a 10 place grid penalty for the Bahrain GP after the unsafe release.

After qualifying in third place yesterday, Ricciardo started down in P13, but he managed to fight his way up the order. Following the safety car period, he was given a chance to push harder on his final set of tires, and very nearly caught Sergio Perez in the final podium position at the end of the race after passing teammate Sebastian Vettel earlier in the race. Ultimately, he was forced to settle for fourth, but it did mark his first points haul of the season.

The team’s hopes of getting Ricciardo reinstated in Australia appear to be slim, but Ricciardo will be happy to have finally broken his streak of bad luck ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix in two weeks’ time.

  1. cuencanolenny - Apr 6, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    One of the best races I have ever watched. From the front to the rear the drivers were dicing throughout the event. Clearly the Mercedes cars are leaps and bounds ahead of everyone else, and the MB powered cars enjoy a performance advantage as well. While Ricciardo broke up the sequence late in the race, I don’t remember ever seeing team cars holding sequential positions like this. Mercedes, Force India, Red Bull, Force India, Red Bull, Williams, Ferrari. The late safety car certainly tightened up the field and I was impressed with Ricciardo and Vettel improving their positions but the Ferrari’s just don’t have the pace. With all the teammates racing each other it was exciting to watch. Great race.

  2. techmeister1 - Apr 6, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    With any luck Ricciardo will be able to jump ship to a scrupulous team for ’15 because Red B.S. Racing is the scum of F1 IMO.

  3. mrhighlyevolved - Apr 6, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    Granted, the season is only three races in, but Ricciardo has been really impressive so far.

  4. worknman24hours - Apr 7, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    Just remember this phrase-” Seb ,Daniel is faster then you.”

    SWWEEEETTTT!

    Hey-Hey -Hey-let’s give Sebastian credit though, he did the team thing and gave way without delay here-first time ever I think too- good show Sebastian.

    I KNOW that must have sucked to have to do it too.

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