Following the announcement of Mark Webbers F1 retirement, a certain Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo have been like kids on holiday, both pining for recognition from their Dads at Red Bull. At Silverstone this weekend, it was Ricciardo however, who did the best leap into the pool.
Starting from a remarkable 5th on the grid (following Di Resta’s disqualification), the Australian with a colossal smile impressed in race-trim as he did over one lap, taking it to those spear-heading the grid at a hot Silverstone.
In essence, Ricciardo kept his tyres on the black stuff when everyone else lost theirs. Literally. Dicing with an equally impressive Adrian Sutil for 3rd throughout the race, the Toro Rosso man dodged tyre-absent cars and broken-down Red Bull’s to remain 4th with just a handful of laps to go.
In stepped the safety car.
A poor-call from the pit wall led Ricciardo to stay out on old-rubber during the final safety car period, leaving him a sitting duck for the recovering Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber and co.
At the drop of the flag, it was 8th for Quick-Ric, on a day where he drover impeccably, and despite ultimately being sold short by his team, firmly put himself in the shop window for that shiny seat at Red Bull in 2014. Bravo.