Ricciardo: Red Bull will be back in 2015

Ricciardo: Red Bull will be back in 2015

2 July 2014 – Daniel Ricciardo says he is confident Red Bull Racing will be able to return to form next season, although he concedes this year is getting away from them.

Red Bull won both the Formula 1 Drivers' and Constructors' titles for a fourth year in succession in 2013, but have fallen back in 2014 and have been unable to match Mercedes, largely due to the Renault engine.

"Don't get me wrong, it [the Renault situation] is frustrating," Ricciardo told selected media this week, including GPUpdate.net. "It is hard because a lot of it happens on the straight and there is no skill required on the straight. It is sort of like throwing away talent for nothing on the straight. Anyone could hop in the car and, if you are not scared, you can easily go flat out on the straight. So it is just giving away time for nothing which is the frustrating part.

"And I guess from their [the Red Bull] side as well they spent time, hours and money on designing a fast car through the corners yet it just gets washed away on the straights. So that is a frustrating part, but it is what it is.

"I am still new to the team, so I am not going to come in and start throwing stuff around the room saying, 'this isn't how it should be.' There are other people that do that. I am just driving what I am given. I have faith we can turn it around. Obviously this year is getting away from us but for 2015 I have faith things will definitely improve."

Ricciardo has impressed this season since switching to Red Bull's 'A' team and currently sits third in the F1 Drivers' Championship, having taken three podiums – including that win in Canada.

"Looking at it, it's been a really solid eight races [so far]. To get podiums and to back them up with a win has been good, so I can't complain with the start to the year," he continued. "From the team's perspective, we would love to be more competitive, but that's just how it is. You can't dominate forever.

"It is a shame that I have come into the team when they are not dominating but we are still able to get good results.

"If we were just fighting to get into the top 10, so if every race had been a bit more like Austria [last time out], then it would be a bit more of a disappointment, more frustrating. But so far that has been a bit more of a one-off. Every other race we have been there or thereabouts. I am not down."

Ricciardo's form has been such that he has generally had the edge on team-mate and four-time Formula 1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel. Has that surprised him? "A little bit, a little bit. But at the same time I came into the season knowing what I had around me and knew if I could use it all as I hoped then I'd genuinely be able to challenge Seb. Did I think it would be 6-2 [in qualifying]? Probably not," he admitted.

"To have gotten the better of him quite often on Saturdays and Sundays has been surprising. I believe a lot in my ability but to go out and prove it does a lot for your confidence," he summed-up.

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