Ricciardo sure of better Austria showing

By on Sunday, June 26, 2016
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Daniel Ricciardo says he expects Red Bull to have its best chance yet of performing strongly at its home race as it prepares for next weekend's Austrian Grand Prix.

Austria returned to the Formula 1 calendar with a race at the Red Bull Ring in 2014, but Ricciardo finished only eighth, while last year he finished at the foot of the top 10.

Ricciardo, who finished seventh in Canada and Baku, is nonetheless anticipating Red Bull to be able to fight for the top five.

"Spielberg always has a pretty awesome atmosphere, and the setting is pretty amazing – the Austrian backdrop and the countryside is quite beautiful," he said.

"The circuit is quite short but is also fun. I would love a few more corners but it is a fun track for what it is, quite flowing and fast.

"We haven’t had the results we would like there in the past but I think we’re coming there with our best package yet so hopefully that can put us up into the top five."

Max Verstappen is wary that the layout will not be ideally suited to the RB12 but is optimistic of a strong showing.

"In Austria you don’t have so many corners but the elevation changes makes it pretty special, and now driving for Red Bull you feel that even more as it’s our home GP so you feel very welcome by the fans," he said.

"It might not be the most ideal circuit for our car in terms of performance but it’s still very enjoyable. Last year was actually a very good race – I qualified 7th and then eventually finished 8th so it wasn’t too bad."

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