Daniel Ricciardo is certain that Red Bull will bounce back at the British Grand Prix, with the Australian targeting a return to the podium after a disappointing home race in Austria.
Ricciardo came home just eighth at the Red Bull Ring last weekend, after a scrappy start dropped him down the field early on, from where he struggled to recover, owing to the inherent lack of top end grunt from the Renault power unit.
Despite those issues, the 24-year-old remains upbeat of a revival in fortune in Silverstone, at a track he believes will better suit the characteristics of the team’s RB10 car.
“We expected to be quicker [in Spielberg] and were optimistic about being in the top five and maybe sneaking onto the podium but we simply didn’t have the pace,” said Ricciardo.
“Basically [it was down to] the percentage of corners to straights. This year, as everyone knows, we’re losing time on the straights but recovering it in the corners and there are not enough corners for the amount of straights at the Red Bull Ring.
“Another factor was that our competitors seem to have found a bit more this week and we weren’t getting as much back on them in the corners as we have been previously. So, we’ve got a few things to look at.
“But Silverstone should be a circuit that suits us a little bit more,” he added. “We’ve got to learn a few things about our performance [in Austria] but once we do that, I think we’ll be fighting in the top five and trying to get on the podium.”
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