The Renault ace dropped to last after his pit-stop, which included a right wing change due to the damage from the earlier incident and his stop-go penalty.
‘‘In that situation you think the race is over, but we kept our heads down and managed a really strong race,’’ Ricciardo said.
However, two safety cars during the final 16 laps helped Ricciardo progress through the field to finish seventh, which was later promoted to sixth when Lewis Hamilton was relegated for tangling with Red Bull’s Alex Albon.
‘‘The safety car restarts were fun and it was good out there. There’s one more to go now and I’m excited for that,’’ Ricciardo said.