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Ricciardo: Tussle with Alonso 'awesome fun'

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Daniel Ricciardo says his late battle with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso for fifth position at Hockenheim is one of the highlights of his F1 career so far.

Ricciardo was playing catch up from the first lap after running wide to avoid Felipe Massa's somersaulting Williams at Turn 1, which left him having to fight through the field. He had recovered to fifth on his final soft compound stint but soon came under attack from Alonso, who was on super-softs, but he made it difficult for the former double world champion to get by.

Alonso - battling a Red Bull for fifth in entertaining circumstances for the second race in a row - eventually made the superior tyre work to his advantage but Ricciardo had twice reclaimed the position through Turn 8 during their battle.

"These are the moments and battles that I personally thrive off and enjoy," Ricciardo said. "Fernando is known to be a tough racer and I thought who better to have a good fight with. I was on the primes and he was on fresher options and I gave it the best fight I could and, yeah … nearly!"

Ricciardo also feels the battle made up for his slice of bad luck at the opening corner.

"That was awesome fun, one of my most enjoyable races I've had. I mean, not on the first lap, obviously, that was just the wrong place at the wrong time. I wasn't as worse off as Massa and hopefully he is okay. I was on the outside and obviously that collision happened, I had to avoid it and went pretty far down the field, I don't know exactly how far back.

"From then on I just got on to the radio and said let's make an amazing recovery and make ourselves proud today and I think we did that. We fought hard and we didn't leave anything on the table."

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