Ricciardo 'always optimistic' for British GP
26 June 2014 – Daniel Ricciardo is expecting Red Bull to be more competitive at the British Grand Prix next week and he is hopeful they can be back fighting for a place in the top-five - and possibly even a podium.
"I'm always optimistic going to Silverstone because I love the circuit but yes, it should be a circuit that suits us a little bit more [than Austria]," he told Red Bull's official website, when quizzed on his hopes for round nine in the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship.
"We've got to learn a few things about our performance but once we do that, I think we'll be fighting in the top five and trying to get on the podium."
Ricciardo was a disappointed eighth in Austria last weekend and noted that the main problem at the 'Ring was the percentage of corners to straights.
"This year, as everyone knows, we're losing time on the straights but recovering it in the corners and there are not enough corners for the amount of straight at the Red Bull Ring," he confirmed.
"Another factor was that our competitors seem to have found a bit more and we weren't getting as much back on them in the corners as we have been previously. So, we've got a few things to look at. [In short] we expected to be quicker... and were optimistic about being in the top five and maybe sneaking onto the podium but we simply didn't have the pace. But that's racing: you have highs and lows."