Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo has dedicated his Malaysian Grand Prix victory to his late friend and former Marussia F1 driver, Jules Bianchi, who passed away last year after his crash at Suzuka in 2014. 

Ricciardo’s win in Malaysia was his first of the 2016 season, after coming tantalisingly close at the Monaco GP where a botched pit stop cost him what would have been a certain victory.

“After Monaco, in particular, was obviously mixed emotions. It was a hard one to take,” Ricciardo said. I felt we’ve come through that, as a team we’ve learnt a lot. As a person, it made me a bit stronger. I think I’ve only got better since then.”

“I felt we’ve come through that, as a team we’ve learnt a lot. As a person, it made me a bit stronger. I think I’ve only got better since then.”

“I want to thank my parents. They’re not here this weekend but definitely without them… I think just simple things, the way they supported me growing up. I had a good upbringing, I’m thankful for that. I think it’s definitely helped me get to this point. My sister as well.”

The Australian then went on to pay his own personal tribute to his late friend Bianchi, whom he raced against in his junior days in Formula Renault 3.5.

“I want to dedicate this one to Jules, as well. I’ve been waiting for a victory and waiting to dedicate this to him.”

“My life definitely changed after that incident. I’m extremely grateful and appreciative of everything that I’ve got. I’ll dedicate this to him.”

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