One of the highlights from the 2014 German Grand Prix was the battle between Daniel Ricciardo and Fernando Alonso. Two-time world champion Alonso eventually won that battle for fifth place, but he was very impressed with the driving abilities of our Daniel.
“Daniel is a surprise from Australia,” Alonso told Sky Sports F1 after the race. “I think heâ€™s doing unbelievable; I think heâ€™s seven-three [in qualifying] in the first ten races with Sebastian [Vettel], so itâ€™s something we probably didnâ€™t suspect.
“He’s driving fantastically and today he was battling very smartâ€”always taking the slipstream of me after I pass him and braking very late, attacking very late and never missing a corner.
“He was very, very smart, very respectful with the rules and it was a great fight.”
Alonso later added he was managing fuel towards the end of the race and was lucky not to concede P4 back to Daniel on the last lap.
“For the last stint I was saving fuel but I was battling with Ricciardo,” he said. “So for some laps you have to decide to give up the position and cross the line or fight with Ricciardo and be on the limit to cross the line.
“I decide to fight with Ricciardo, be in the position and then I will try to manage the fuel as good as I can.
“On the last lap, I had to save fuel massively and I was in eighth gear all lap and it was lucky that there was not 100 metres more.”
[Source: Sky Sports F1 | Pic: Red Bull/Getty Images]