MONTMELO, Spain (AP) — Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo stepped onto the Formula One podium for the first time in 55 attempts on Sunday after finishing a distant third behind both Mercedes cars at the Spanish Grand Prix.
In a weekend dominated by winner Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, Red Bull drivers Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel also had positive performances come race time.
Ricciardo defended his third-place start position after being passed by Valtteri Bottas of Williams seconds into the race. That made up for some of his frustration earlier this year when a second-place finish at his home Australian GP was erased after Ricciardo was disqualified for a breach of fuel regulations.
"It's really nice to be on the podium and I'm sure I will get to keep this one," Ricciardo said from the winner's stand at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit.
"I actually still feel a bit awkward up there, but I'm sure I will get more comfortable," he said. "Unfortunately we're not going to catch Mercedes. At least this weekend we weren't going to, so a lonely third was not a bad result in my mind."
Ricciardo was promoted from sister team Toro Rosso to replace Mark Webber as Vettel's driving partner this season. The 24-year-old Australian has made a strong debut by finishing ahead of defending four-time champion Vettel in the last three races.
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