Ricciardo wants more of the same
Daniel Ricciardo is determined to prove his Australian Grand Prix podium was no flash in the pan - even if he was later disqualified.
Ricciardo's cool, calm, measured performance over his debut weekend for Red Bull, after being promoted from Toro Rosso to replace Mark Webber, even impressed team principal Christian Horner.
But the 24-year-old's delight at finishing runner-up to Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes was crushed over five hours after the race had finished when he was excluded from the classification due to a fuel-flow issue with his car.
The team have appealed against the disqualification, with the hearing due to be heard in Paris on April 14.
Ricciardo would now love nothing more than to legitimately finish in the top three in Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix.
"I've proven I can race at the front and now it's about trying to continue to do that," said Ricciardo.
"I definitely don't want to be a one-hit wonder.
"Whether we get the points back or not, there are still a lot of races to go, and hopefully the points will accumulate towards a good position by the end of the season.
"There is still a lot going on for me, so I'll try and get as many points as I can this weekend and hopefully keep them."
Red Bull go before the FIA's Court of Appeal accused of "consistently exceeding" a fuel-flow rate of 100 kilograms per hour.
Horner claims the FIA-approved sensor - manufactured by a company in the UK - was faulty, forcing the team to measure fuel flow by their own means.
Ricciardo claims he was unaware of what was unfolding behind the scenes, adding: "I did the race the best I could.
"All the controversy after was not my fight to be involved in. That was for the team.
"I was proud of what I did, and the rest was out of my control. I knew nothing about it."
Asked as to whether the rule should be scrubbed as it is one the fans do not understand, Ricciardo said: "I'd like to say 'yes' because it would give me my position back straight away.
"But it's one for the team and the team managers to discuss.
"I'm aware of most of the rules, but there are some I don't. It's not worth me getting involved in or thinking about.
"There is a lot going on for us, in general, as drivers. If I get too involved then my head would explode with information overload.
"In any sport there are always going to be some rules people like and others they are going to be against, but it's not my say."