Ricciardo hopeful of more wins
Daniel Ricciardo has admitted Red Bull are unlikely to match Mercedes’ ‘raw pace’ ahead of the summer break, but remains hopeful of another victory before August.
Ricciardo claimed his maiden F1 win two weeks ago in Canada, capping what has been a highly impressive start to his Red Bull career. Not only is Ricciardo above reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel in the Drivers' Championship but the young Australian has out-qualified his illustrious team-mate in four of this year's seven races and has appeared to have superior pace over the German since the start of winter testing.
A second victory may be too much to ask in Red Bull's home race, the Austrian GP, this weekend in the under-powered RB10, but Ricciardo is confident the team may still strike gold at the upcoming British GP at Silverstone.
\"We capitalised when the opportunity was there,\" Ricciardo told Sky Sports News as he reflected on his Montreal triumph. \"Austria could be interesting and Silverstone has traditionally been a good one for Red Bull so there are a few races in the immediate future which could perhaps help us out.
\"Aerodynamically, we are strong and I think Silverstone could be the one where we might challenge.\"
Although the RB10 is reckoned to boast more downforce than any other charger in the field, the car's Renault-supplied power unit remains the glaring - and crippling - weakness in the Red Bull package. Accordign to team boss Christian Horner, Mercedes' W05 chargers may still be armed with an additional 60 horsepower over the two RB10s despite Renault's improvements to both reliability and power delivery in recent months.
After enduring a wretched winter, the road back to competitiveness has already been a long journey for Red Bull and Ricciardo believes the team may only reach their desired destination after the three-week summer break in August.
\"In terms of catching up with Mercedes in terms of raw pace, and on circuits with longer straights, l think that is going to come after the summer break,\" added the former Toro Rosso driver.
Ricciardo has also welcomed the news that Michael Schumacher is no longer in a coma following December's skiing accident - and admitted that the paucity of updates on the German's condition had been causing unspoken alarm in the paddock.
\"It as a topic which hadn't come up a lot recently and I think that people were a bit scared to ask if anyone had heard any news,\" said Daniel. \"But we finally got some positive news and we're all stoked and excited. Let's just hope it's the start of a great recovery.\"
This weekend's Austrian GP is live only on Sky Sports F1. Race Day coverage begins with the Track Parade at 11.30am on Sunday