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Daniel Ricciardo delighted to reach Silverstone podium

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Daniel Ricciardo has admitted he was "jacked up" as he just held off a late charge by Jenson Button to finish third at Silverstone.

After a poor team decision saw him languishing in eighth after qualifying, the Red Bull driver used a different strategy, which included an incredible 37-lap stint on the softer medium tyres, to claim his fourth podium of the year.

Speaking on the podium after the race, however, Ricciardo admitted he was lucky the race finished when it did.

"I think one more lap would have been tough because Jenson was coming," the 25-year-old admitted.

"I'm really happy with the podium. I knew we were a better car than eighth on the grid."

The result comes after a disappointing eighth place for him in Austria, finishing best of the Red Bull backed cars at their home race, and in the build-up to this weekend was positive the RB10 would be better suited to Silverstone's high-speed turns.

But while much of that prediction is true it is also fair to say the world champions have lost the 'best of the rest' slogan after being slower than Williams' Valtteri Bottas throughout the race.

Once again the team struggled with the launch off the start line as team-mate Sebastian Vettel dropped from second to fifth and in a straight line the Renault powered car was only just a match for those around them even with DRS.

To that point, the adopted Brit, as he and fellow Australian Mark Webber have become to the Silverstone crowd, revealed some surprise at the lack of race pace early on.

"I was a bit surprised during the first bit to not be as quick so I said let's try something different to make it work," he explained. "Today I was pretty jacked up, so it's nice to be up here."

Meanwhile the man who Ricciardo just beat across the finish line admitted it would have been a "dream" to join Lewis Hamilton on the podium, particularly as large swathes of the crowd wore pink in remembrance of his late dad John Button.

"It would've been the perfect podium with Lewis up there and myself," he told Autosport after the race. "If I got DRS on the next lap it would've been easier.

"I would have given it a good go anyway. But it didn't happen."

Despite the disappointment, however, Button said the result was better than he could have hoped heading into the weekend.

"We almost beat two Red Bulls and a Ferrari today, so that's a step forward. We didn't expect to be good here, we didn't expect to be OK round here.

"We expected to be reasonably bad round here; it was a bogey track for us."

Though he also admitted: "It doesn't matter where you expected to be, if you are so close to a podium and don't get it, you're upset."

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