Ricciardo pleased as detained revellers are released


Daniel Ricciardo was pleased to hear the nine men sent to a Malaysian jail after stripping to their underwear to celebrate his win have been freed.

The Red Bull driver took advantage of Lewis Hamilton's engine blow out and Nico Rosberg's early crash at Sepang to claim his first win of the season last weekend.

The Australian men removed their clothes to remove underwear adorned with the Malaysian flag, but authorities took a dim view of the incident arrested them.

Having pleaded guilty to a public nuisance charge in court, the men spent four days in prison, but have since been freed without any further action.

"I believe they are allowed to go home, and that is good news and I am happy with that of course," Ricciardo said ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix.

"They didn't intend any harm. They were just being a bit joyful in the podium celebrations.

"It is not Australia, I guess, and you have got to respect that, and for the situation, they crossed the line with Malaysian laws.

"But I didn't hear they offended anyone, in terms of I don't think they were abusive. A bit of a slap on the wrists, and if they get sent home now I think that is fair enough."