'I f***ing sent that': Dan Ricciardo's hilarious moment on team radio

Andrew Reid
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Pictured here, Daniel Ricciardo wears a face mask at the Belgian GP.
Daniel Ricciardo was bubbling after his fourth-placed finish at Spa. Pic: Getty

There may not be any stopping Lewis Hamilton this year, but Daniel Ricciardo at least stole some of the limelight from the runaway Formula One championship leader at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Ricciardo matched his best result this season with a blistering fourth-placed finish at Spa, as Mercedes' reigning champion Hamilton claimed another victory to extend his lead at the top of the standings.

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While Ricciardo fell agonisingly short of a podium finish, he did have the distinction of recording the fastest lap out of all the competitors.

The Australian star's sparkling drive was capped off by becoming the first Renault driver since 2010 to claim the race's fastest lap, which earned him an extra championship point.

The 31-year-old was clearly buzzing after the superb feat, with team radio catching his hilarious response to his incredible finish.

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"Yeah, I f***ing sent that last lap," Ricciardo could be heard over a wild laugh on team radio after the race.

Ricciardo has now finish fourth three times this season and twice in the past four races.

Sunday's race was very good for the French manufacturer with Ricciardo finishing just ahead of teammate Esteban Ocon.

"What a race and definitely an excellent result for the team. We had a lot of pace today and fourth is a strong result," Ricciardo said.

"It's been a while since I've had the fastest lap of the race, so that was also nice. My engineer told me what the current fastest was and I thought 'I got this'!

"It was a proper big lap; I used all the track and went for it. Maybe it was better than my qualifying lap yesterday!"

Sky Sports commentator David Croft said if the race had been a few laps longer then Ricciardo may well have secured his first podium finish with Renault.

Seen here, Daniel Ricciardo secured himself a fourth-placed finish at the Belgian GP.
Ricciardo earned himself an extra championship point after recording the fastest lap at Spa. Pic: Getty

When fellow Sky presenter Simon Lazenby asked Ricciardo about how close to third he was, the Aussie's thoughts immediately turned to a bet he has with Renault team principal Cyril Abiteboul about getting a tattoo if it does happen this year.

“I feel our podium this year, if it happens, when it happens, is going to be overshadowed by a tattoo,” Ricciardo said.

“We’re going to be spraying champagne and it’ll all be about a tattoo.”

Renault leave Belgium with a points haul of 23 - their biggest single race score since returning to the sport as a full-time manufacturer in 2016.

Even better for Renault, next up is Monza where they scored 22 points last year. So can the team take this pace to Italy next weekend?

"This was a good track for us last year and Monza was even better. We'll see what happens, but we can go there with a lot of confidence," Riddiardo said.

Ricciardo's excellent drive means he's jumped two places to eighth in the drivers standings, albeit level-pegging on points with Racing Point's Sergio Perez on 33.

Championship leader Hamilton led from start to finish on Sunday to win at Spa-Francorchamps to clinch his 89th career win with his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas second and Red Bull's Max Verstappen third.

Hamilton is now just two race wins away from Michael Schumacher's all-time record of 91 victories in F1.

with AAP