Ricciardo encouraged by progress in 2012
10 December 2012 – Daniel Ricciardo has been left encouraged by the progress he made throughout a somewhat challenging Formula 1 campaign in 2012, with the 23-year-old explaining that he ‘learned a lot’ in his new surroundings at Scuderia Toro Rosso.
The Australian, who contested half a season for HRT in 2011 before getting his break at the Red Bull junior team, could only score ten points in a car that struggled to make much of an impact. However, speaking to the official Toro Rosso website, Ricciardo is confident that he can apply the lessons of 2012 to his second full season in the sport.
"Progression was one of them," Ricciardo explained when asked to highlight the positives of the 2012 season. "I felt like I was definitely learning throughout the year. On paper it probably doesn’t sound much, but I know for next year I can put it to paper now.
"I learned a lot and I feel much better for it. We didn’t have the quickest car all the time; we had to try and find some other solutions at times which made us understand a bit more and I think it’ll serve us well for next year."
Despite scoring two more top ten results than French team-mate Jean-Éric Vergne in 2012, Ricciardo ultimately finished lower in the overall standings by virtue of smaller points hauls. Both men will continue as Toro Rosso drivers for the 2013 campaign.