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Daniel Ricciardo believes he was on for a podium in the British Grand Prix had the race extended a few more laps.

In a madcap end to the race, Lewis Hamilton crossed the line to win on three wheels after a puncture, while Valtteri Bottas and Carlos Sainz also suffered punctures in the final few laps.

Ricciardo finished fourth, equalling his best-ever finish for Renault, while Ocon had his strongest race since returning to the sport and finished sixth, with the cars having run strongly all weekend.

Ricciardo said: “I saw Charles (Leclerc) getting closer and maybe with a couple more laps we could have had a podium!

“We were assisted by some chaos, but we were definitely a top six car today and that’s pleasing. We have another chance next week. ”

He battled McLaren for much of the race and eventually won out, with the car coming on strong at the end of the race.

“At the safety car restart I was close to Carlos (Sainz) but didn’t have enough and that allowed Lando (Norris) to have a run on me and I missed out there.” he added.

“That was a bit frustrating, but it came back to us at the end, the race really came alive and that was really good.

“We had some pace at the end and I was able to get Lando and then Carlos had a problem.”

The team had a good qualifying session, as both cars reached Q3 and lined up eighth and ninth, as both cars reached Q3 and lined up eighth and ninth.

Esteban Ocon only had two points to his name prior to this weekend, but his sixth place equals his best result since Mexico 2017.

Speaking after the race, Ocon said: “It was very fun out there, lots of overtaking, lots of fun battles and a fantastic result to finish it off.

“I think today shows how quick our car is in the race. It really felt awesome today and it was a strong performance from the team.”

“We had a lot of discussions, and that’s really paid off today. It proves that we need to qualify further up to make our life easier on Sunday. ”

The team’s had a tough start to the season, with a best finish of eighth and Ricciardo frustrated at Lance Stroll’s dive up his inside in the Styrian Grand Prix.

However, the points haul of 20 more than doubles their tally for the season and puts them ten points away from Racing Point and Ferrari.

Team principal Cyril Abiteboul said: “We had a decent Friday practice and that meant both good preparation for qualifying with both cars in the top ten as well as critical learning about making the Hard tyre last in the race.

“After tracks where the car struggled, Silverstone’s layout confirmed the strengths and weaknesses of the car.

“In particular we must keep working on high-speed corners as that’s our weakness compared to direct rivals.”

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