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.
"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."