Daniel Ricciardo insists that he was quickly able to put the disappointment of his Australian GP exclusion behind him, despite his obvious frustration.
The RBR driver says he has focussed 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 any more, 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!”