Daniel Ricciardo expects Red Bull Racing to be more competitive at this weekend’s German Grand Prix than it was in Austria last month.
The Red Bull Ring and the Hockenheimring are similar in character, featuring several straights and slow corners. The RB10 typically thrives in high-speed turns, but Ricciardo is optimistic that the team will be stronger in Germany.
“I think we definitely learned some stuff from Austria,” he said. “I would like to think that even if the track characteristics are similar, we should be a bit more competitive.
“It sounds like I say it every week but we will just have to see what happens and how we go tomorrow. We are expecting a better result than Austria; we are not expecting it to be as difficult.”
He finished in third place at Silverstone but was disappointed by Red Bull’s pace over the weekend. “We did expect Silverstone to be a stronger circuit,” he admitted.
“Over the past few races I think it is a case, as we saw, that Williams have found some speed and we probably haven’t found as much as we thought we could. Our strategy helped us to get third but the raw speed on the day was a little bit worse off than that.
“We will just keep trying to find some answers. I think it is still a good car in terms of downforce through the high-speed corners. But the others are definitely not as bad as they were at the start of the season.”
Ricciardo added that the good form of Williams in recent races, locking out the front row in Austria, is encouraging. “I think in the last few [races] they have really made some progress and have been the next team in line. They have been really strong.
“It is good to obviously see other teams pushing and closing the gap to Mercedes, it just makes it more competitive for us. But at the same time, it gives everyone else a bit more belief and motivation that if Williams can get a pole position and lock out the front row, Mercedes are not invincible. It is good.”
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