Ricciardo 'envious' of Hamilton-Vettel scrap


Daniel Ricciardo admitted to feeling "envious" at Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel's Spanish Grand Prix scrap, despite following the pair home in third.

The Australian's first podium of 2017 was aided by the retirements of Valtteri Bottas, Kimi Raikkonen and team-mate Max Verstappen.

A much-vaunted set of updates on the Red Bull fell flat in Barcelona as Ricciardo finished 75 seconds adrift of race-winner Hamilton, who got the better of Vettel in a thrilling battle packed with strategic fights and on-track squabbles.

Ricciardo's isolated outing also left him as the only driver to finish the race to not be lapped by the leading pair, which he could take some comfort in.

"I'm really happy to be spraying some champagne again," Ricciardo said at the post-race news conference. "But listening here to the battle [Hamilton and Vettel] had, I'm envious not to be part of it.

"I was trying to get the most out of it, but seeing the lap times they were doing at the end, we have still got a bit to go. 

"We will take what we can for now and keep working at it, try and stay positive and keep motivated."

Ricciardo will hope for better next time out as he takes to the Monaco Grand Prix for the first time since being denied a race win from pole position by a bungled pit stop.

He told Sky F1: "I'm aware we probably don't have the package that we had last year but I'm still excited to rag the hell out of that car around streets, and remind people of my abilities."