Ricciardo recollects his first F1 podium that by no means was

Daniel Ricciardo is heading right into a landmark 2 hundredth Grand Prix this weekend on the Belgium Grand Prix, inflicting the 32-year-old to mirror on his lengthy profession within the sport so far.

“For those who’d have informed me again at Silverstone in 2011, once I made my debut, that I would hit 200 Grands Prix, I would actually have been very enthusiastic about it,” Ricciardo mentioned this week.

Ricciardo made his F1 bow with the now-defunct HRT group earlier than transferring to Toro Rosso for the 2012 Australian Grand Prix. Two years later he was promoted to the senior Pink Bull race group alongside Sebastian Vettel instead of Mark Webber.

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On his first outing for the group, he completed second on the rostrum – however was subsequently excluded from the categorised outcomes for a gasoline irregularity, not in contrast to the destiny not too long ago suffered by his former group mate in Hungary.

“It was undoubtedly, I’d say on the floor, extra of a wake,” Ricciardo informed the In The Quick Lane podcast about his recollections of what the sensation had been within the Pink Bull storage that day.

“I had lots of mates there and we’d form of organised just a few drinks within the lodge room,” he continued. “I bear in mind the tub was stuffed with ice and drinks. Nevertheless it wasn’t actually the environment to go.

“Internally there was some celebrating inside me, as a result of I knew what I’d achieved on that weekend,” he admitted. “I’d form of ticked the field to myself that ‘Okay, I can do that, I can race on the entrance’.”

Ricciardo mentioned that the group’s sporting director had delivered the dangerous information about formally shedding the rostrum.

The podium (L to R): Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing, second; Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1, race winner; Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren, third; Alan Jones (AUS). 16.03.2014. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 1, Australian Grand Prix

“It was once I bought to the room, when everybody was there, that I bought the decision from Jonathan Wheatley telling me what I knew was coming,” Ricciardo mentioned. “However he confirmed it.

“There was just a few hugs and no matter, but it surely was fairly mellow sadly.”

Even so, Ricciardo revealed that Pink Bull had nonetheless honoured its dedication to pay the younger driver a full podium bonus in his pay packet regardless of the disqualification with the group principal Christian Horner delivering the information.

“What cheered me up is – I’m positive they gained’t thoughts me saying this, really it places them in good mild – I feel the day after, I feel it was Christian referred to as me and mentioned, ‘Look, we’ll nonetheless pay your podium bonus’.

“That was good. That softened the blow slightly bit. That was like my first actual pay cheque within the sport, so I used to be fairly pleased.”

Luckily Ricciardo solely needed to wait 4 extra races earlier than incomes his ‘official’ maiden podium when he was third place in Spain. He went on to clinch the primary of seven profession wins later that very same season in Canada.

Nevertheless he nonetheless did not safe his first pole place till 2016, when he lastly got here out on high in qualifying for the 2016 Monaco Grand Prix.

The win that point went to Lewis Hamilton, however Ricciardo did lastly come out on high within the 2018 race, his final win earlier than his subsequent transfer to Renault on the finish of the season.

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