Ricciardo initially acquired forward of the Spaniard after a fraught battle on the primary lap, they usually remained shut collectively for a lot of the race.
When Sainz tried to cross on lap 43 they touched, and the Ferrari driver – who suffered some entrance wing endplate harm – informed his workforce “That acquired a bit soiled”.
Ricciardo finally completed fifth, a spot behind the opposite Ferrari of Charles Leclerc, whereas Sainz dropped to seventh behind Valtteri Bottas.
“At occasions it was to illustrate form of a regular progressive race or no matter, however then at occasions it was fascinating,” stated Ricciardo.
“The primary lap was numerous enjoyable. I acquired Carlos I feel on the beginning, then he acquired me again with transfer outdoors of six into seven.
“After which I acquired him again Flip 17 I feel on the within. So it was three form of modifications in place on the primary lap was cool, however that was essential for me to get a prime 5 at this time.
“Charles confirmed that Ferrari have been faster, we could not match that tempo at this time. So clearly that is one thing we have to nonetheless attempt to discover. However to beat considered one of them its fairly rewarding.
“And [Sainz] placed on assault afterward within the race as effectively and we clearly went side-by-side, and a little bit little bit of banging wheels. So it was very enjoyable, and really wanted to carry on for every part I may.
“Clearly you do not intentionally attempt to enter somebody, however that is clearly a little bit of rubbing racing.
Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren, in Parc Ferme
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“And if you put your self on the skin, clearly you are a little bit bit extra uncovered. So nothing was deliberate, however I suppose it is the chance that he ran by attempting on the skin.”
Informed about Sainz’s radio remark, he added: “That is cool. I am completely happy to be soiled. I am a pleasant man, so being soiled once in a while is alright!”
Ricciardo admitted that it wasn’t all the time simple to guage how one can push on the tyres at COTA.
“It was positively tough, as a result of if you come out of the pits on a brand new set, you’ve gotten a little bit extra grip. However should you use it early, then it drops away even faster. It was a race the place you by no means actually felt you may push.
“I imply we’re pushing, but it surely’s solely to what the tyre is able to. So positively there have been some laps the place you are in a little bit little bit of limbo, do I push extra or do I not?
“After which Carlos when he began to come back and assault me extra, I had no selection however to push, and there wasn’t a lot left in it at occasions.”