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Ricciardo more than happy about Monza race.

Daniel Ricciardo produces brilliant post-race interview after finishing fourth at Monza

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Lewis Hamilton led Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas to a commanding 1-2 finish in yesterday's Formula 1 Gran Premio Heineken d'Italia 2017.

Mercedes dominance was impressive, but another racer's effort stole the show.

Daniel Ricciardo finished fourth, although he started the race from the back.

The ever-cheery Ricciardo was over the moon after finishing fourth at Monza.

The Red Bull driver made a stunning comeback after starting 16th with a penalty, to find himself chasing down Sebastian Vettel late in the race for a place on the podium.

The 28-year-old was bouncing up and down in the post-race interview.

He started with a few words in Italian to the joy of the interviewer. "Complimenti! Grazie! Monza!," he exclaimed with the biggest smile on his face.

The Australian has every right to be pleased by what he did. He and his teammate Max Verstappen had been dealt a major blow for this Italian Grand Prix. Both Red Bull drivers had been slapped with grid penalties after being forced to fit new power unit components ahead of the opening practice at Monza.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner even looked on the funny side of the situation, commenting: “I think they’re going to be starting somewhere near Milan.”

F1 Grand Prix of Italy - Qualifying

It looks like this scenario works well for Ricciardo, as he admitted: "Two of my favorite races this year have been starting from the back.

"I would love the engine penalty thing to go away, but if it stays, then I will make the most of it."

The Australian cut 12 places to finish just behind the third.

Watch Ricciardo's brilliant interview below.

Ricciardo made some good overtakes over the course of the race, which seem to make him and his team excited.

He confessed that he felt the pace at the end and was even able to see Vettel in front of him.

The podium was close and tempting, but Daniel Ricciardo did a great job and most importantly, seems to be making the most of the difficult situation.

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