20th July 2014 (F1Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Both Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo enjoyed a tight battle with Fernando Alonso during the German Grand Prix.
Ricciardo fought with Alonso for fifth place in the closing stages of the race but Ricciardo was unable to make the move stick and finished sixth.
“Fernando is known to be a tough racer and I thought who better to have a good fight with,” he said.
“I was on the Primes and he was on fresher Options and I gave it the best fight I could and, well.., nearly!”
The Australian described the race as ‘awesome fun’ and enjoyed his recovery after having to take to the run off area to avoid the incident between Massa and Magnussen.
“That was awesome fun, one of my most enjoyable races I’ve had,” Ricciardo said.
“I mean, not on the first lap, obviously, that was just the wrong place at the wrong time.
“I wasn’t as worse off as Massa and hopefully he is okay. I was on the outside and the collision happened, I had to avoid it and went pretty far down the field,”
“From then on I just got on to the radio and said let's make an amazing recovery and make ourselves proud today.”
Teammate Vettel fought Alonso at the start of the race and crossed the line ahead of him in fourth place.
“It was fun with Fernando today – we started maybe where we left off in Silverstone!” Vettel said.
“It was quite entertaining the first half of the race and at one point it was quite tight with both the Ferraris, but we managed to stay ahead.
“The second stop was a bit too close and Fernando was able to pass without too many difficulties,”
The four-time world champion felt fourth for himself and sixth for Ricciardo was the best Red Bull could do in Germany.
“I think that was the best we could get today. Daniel just missed passing Fernando at the end unfortunately.”