Ricciardo savours Formula One success in Malaysia

first_imgBy Abhishek TakleSEPANG, Malaysia,(Reuters)-Daniel Ricciardo quenched his thirst for an elusive maiden win of the season with his trademark ‘shoey’ champagne celebration after winning Sunday’s Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix.“I need a drink,” the exhausted Australian, who took the lead after world champion Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes retired with a blown engine that caught fire, told his Red Bull team on the cooldown lap of a hot and sweltering race.Ricciardo, who led Max Verstappen in the first Red Bull one-two since the 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix, wasted no time when he climbed the podium, pouring champagne into his racing boot and chugging it down in his now famous ‘shoey’ celebration.Verstappen, team principal Christian Horner and even third-placed finisher Nico Rosberg were urged to get in on the act until compatriot Mark Webber, who was on the podium to conduct the post-race interviews and had himself shared a ‘shoey’ with Ricciardo in Belgium, threw the boot into the crowd.“He’s had lots of second places this year,” Horner later told reporters. “It was great to see him get that victory.”Sunday’s win was the fourth of Ricciardo’s career but first this season. The 27-year-old from Perth last won at the 2014 Belgian grand prix but has come agonisingly close on several occasions this year.Ricciardo, on the podium after four of the last five races, lost what looked to be a certain victory in the showcase Monaco Grand Prix after a bungled pitstop handed it to Hamilton.A strategy call cost him victory in May’s Spanish grand prix, which Verstappen won on his Red Bull debut instead, while he very nearly caught Rosberg in the dying stages of the last race in Singapore, only to miss out by less than half a second“I’m not sure still what happened to Lewis,” said Ricciardo, who engaged Verstappen in a brief wheel-to-wheel duel that evoked memories of the infamous ‘Multi-21’ team-orders controversy involving former Red Bull drivers Webber and Sebastian Vettel. “I like to think it’s evened out today.”But while Ricciardo was savouring the sweet taste of success, not everybody enjoyed his return to the top of the podium, especially Rosberg who playfully pulled a sour face after sampling the ‘shoey’. “I hope he does not win any more races this year!” the German jokedlast_img read more


first_imgTalking about the match, Dhoni was pleased with his Talking about the match, Dhoni was pleased with his bowlers performance, especially leg-spinner Amit Mishra. “I felt bowlers executed plan very well. 150 was a good score to achieve. Im not saying we would have definitely won, but a good batting effort would have seen us through. If you compare the two games, youd wonder if we were playing on the same wicket. “We did take a bit of risk with Mishra coming in replacing Binny because we were one batsman short. We realise on a wicket like this, we needed an extra bowler and a leg-spinner can give you wickets. It paid off well. Mishra bowled exceedingly well, he was able to put pressure and he was well supported by Ashwin. Its fantastic effort by both of them.” Winning captain Carlos Brathwaite said even as they did not post a bog total, they were confident of winning. “It (wicket) was a tad slower. Their bowlers bowled well. Kudos to them. Indian bowlers executed their plans really well. We tried our best, but didnt get the score we wanted. But we always had full confidence in defending our total,” the strapping West Indian said. “For me as a young leader to know and lead the players is an exciting experience. We want to remain champions and entertain the West Indies crowd.” Asked about cricket in US, Brathwaite said,”Most definitely we would love to come here back again. Fantastic field, fantastic wicket. We had discussion if we can come here again.” PTI AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more