Ricciardo sets sights on points finish
24 March 2013 – Daniel Ricciardo says he is fully focused on recording his maiden points finish of the 2013 Formula 1 campaign in Sunday afternoon's Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang, with the Toro Rosso driver preparing to start the 56-lap race from 13th on the grid.
The Australian, who lines up alongside Sauber's Esteban Gutiérrez, believes he is in a strong position to achieve his ambitions after overcoming a slow start on Friday.
"Coming into qualifying, if I'd been told I could sign on the dotted line for 13th, I'd have taken it," said Ricciardo. "It's a decent result and we haven't been that far up the timesheets all weekend in practice.
"Looking at it that way, 13th is quite good, but in Q1, we were quite competitive and only one hundredth of a second from the top ten. With the rain coming, maybe we missed an opportunity to do better."
With Ricciardo and team-mate Jean-Éric Vergne - who was eliminated from the opening qualifying phase and will start 17th - in a fierce battle for supremacy at Toro Rosso, the 23-year-old is eager to gain the upper hand early on in the season.
"We have improved but I still want more," Ricciardo said of the team's current performance level. "I plan to move up the order in what could be an unpredictable race. I really want to be in the top ten and get some points early in the season."