Ricciardo more motivated to get back on podium

Tuesday 15th April 2014, 11:41 by TF1T Staff 

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Daniel Ricciardo says he's more motivated than ever to finish on the podium after his maiden top-three finish was taken away from him by the Australian Grand Prix race stewards.

The decision to exclude the Red Bull driver was upheld by the International Court of Appeal on Monday.

Reacting to that news, Ricciardo said: "It's disappointing not to get the 18 points from Australia, but if anything it gives me more motivation to get back on the podium as soon as possible.

"I've had a few set-backs in the first couple of races this year, but in Bahrain I demonstrated that, if anything, I'm stronger for it and hungrier than ever to get back on the podium. Not that I need any more motivation, I'm pumped!

"I'm still really happy with my performance in Australia and for having had the experience of being on the podium in front of the home crowd," he added.

"I said that week, I'd rather have a great race, finish on the podium and then be excluded than to have had a rubbish race and then retire with a car problem half way through."

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