Daniel Ricciardo insists that he was quickly able to put the disappointment of his Australian GP exclusion behind him.
The RBR driver says he has focused on the positives from a race that saw him finish a popular second on the road.
“I’ve obviously had a bit of time to get over it so I’m alright now,” he said. “But Sunday was a bit disappointing obviously, it’s not the news that you want to hear when you’re trying to celebrate. Sunday night I guess I had a bit of time to think, and Monday as well I had a few cameras in my face at the airport. They let me know about it! So I couldn’t really escape it for about 24 hours, but after that I was home. I was staying occupied and not thinking about it too much more. In any case I definitely took more positives out of the result and that weekend than that negative.
“I try and stay relaxed and laid back about it all. I did the race, I did what I felt was the best I could, and then all the controversy afterwards — it was not really my fight, not my position to be involved in anymore, that was for the team to take over with. I was proud with what I did, I did the job that I felt I could have and should have done. The rest was out of my control.
“I would have much preferred the result I got, a second on track, and having it taken away rather than having a poor start and just running around in eighth or tenth and just having a bit of a nothing race.”
He also feels that he’s proved a point: “For me personally now I’ve proved that I can race up the front. I just have to try to continue to keep going it. I definitely don’t want to be a one-hit wonder. Whether we get the points back or not, there’s still a lot of races to go, and hopefully the points will accumulate to a good position by the end of the season. There’s still a lot going on for me, and I’ll try and keep as many points as I can this weekend – and hopefully keep them!”
Ricciardo said that the saga had gained him a lot of sympathy back home in Australia.
“I got a lot of support after it, a lot of sympathy I guess. I probably gained a few fans, actually! For, let’s say, an Australian fan I guess they’d waited so many years to see an Aussie on the podium, and they’d finally done it at home. It was like a massive celebration for everyone, and then someone took it off them. Obviously they weren’t happy with the outcome of course, as not many of us were. I feel the same way they do!”Australian GP, Daniel Ricciardo, Formula 1, Malaysian GP, Red Bull Racing