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Ricciardo keen to stay grounded

Daniel Ricciardo is determined to keep his feet on the ground as he awaits a decision that could dramatically alter his future.

Ricciardo should know before the Italian Grand Prix early next month whether he will partner Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull next season or have to continue to bide his time at Toro Rosso.

Given Ricciardo's only rival for the seat is 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen, the next few weeks will be anxious ones for the 24-year-old as he looks to fill the shoes due to be vacated by Australian compatriot Mark Webber.

"I don't really know how to view the situation. I'm trying not to analyse it too much," said Ricciardo.

"It was a nice boost for me to get the drive at the young driver test (at Silverstone last month), but I still have to focus on being the best I can.

"Since Canada some things have gone better for us, although the race at the Nurburgring wasn't anything to brag about.

"Saturday was great (qualifying sixth), but on Sunday (finishing 12th) we didn't perform the way we wanted to.

"In Hungary, again on Saturday (qualifying eighth) I was happy with the way I drove, but in the race it was clear we weren't really quick (finishing 13th).

"Everyone is getting pretty excited, but we've still some work to do and I've my feet on the ground.

"I'm not getting too excited with everything. We'll see what turns out."

Red Bull at least signalled their intent by giving Ricciardo half a day in their car during the young driver test, whereas team-mate Jean -Eric Vergne missed out.

The Milton Keynes-based team believe Frenchman Vergne needs another year of experience at Toro Rosso before he can be considered for promotion.

Despite one moment when he spun off track, Ricciardo feels the time in a world championship-winning car served him well.

"Looking at the test I did the best I could," added Ricciardo.

"The little off was a good thing if anything. It proved I was trying to find the limit and adapt as quickly as possible.

"They (Red Bull) understand I got down to the times pretty quickly, and then had that moment. It's clear I was trying to get comfortable as soon as possible.

"With regard to the technical feedback, I feel I'm not shaping up too badly with the comments to the engineers.

"I gave them as much as I could. For that half day I was pretty satisfied."