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Australian GP: Daniel Ricciardo amazed Red Bull even finished

Daniel Ricciardo on the Australian GP 2014 podium

Daniel Ricciardo admitted he did not expect to finish the Australian Grand Prix, following Red Bull's poor pre-season.

On his debut for Red Bull, the Australian had a relatively untroubled run to second place in his home grand prix.

While the gap to the race-winning Mercedes of Nico Rosberg was a substantial 24.5 seconds, Ricciardo said he was happy just to have made it to the end of the race, a prospect that seemed unlikely during pre-season testing.

"If I look back at where we were three weeks ago, we had never done a race distance up until today, so I didn't have much confidence to see chequered flag or see a podium position," he said.

Australian Grand Prix report

"[The team] worked so hard over the winter and clawed back a massive margin. We still don't have the pace of Mercedes, but it is a result we will definitely take today and make a lot of progress from here.

"I'm pretty happy, it's a bit overwhelming for now."

Ricciardo added that the support from the Australian fans played its part across the weekend.

"It has been a crazy amount - the support for F1 in general, they have been behind this event. Drivers rock up at the circuit and everybody wants autographs. And it's a bit more for me being the only Aussie on the grid.

"It has been more than I could have possibly expected, and at times a bit embarrassing, but cool and very positive."

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