Ricciardo: If we get points, we won't be crying

By on Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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Red Bull/Getty Images

Daniel Ricciardo believes a points finish this weekend in Australia would represent a good start for reigning world champions Red Bull.

Ricciardo has moved across from Toro Rosso but his first pre-season campaign with Red Bull has been marred by problems with the RB10.

The team has yet to complete a full race distance, leading Ricciardo to emphasise the importance of simply finishing the race.

"Not to play it down, but if we could finish and start the season with some points then, considering the winter we've had, I don't think we'd be crying - I think we'd probably take that," he said at an event in Melbourne on Wednesday.

"Then again, if we come out on Friday and we're in the top five in practice and then in qualifying too, then if we finish tenth we'll probably be a bit disappointed. But here today, if we can finish with both cars in the points it would be a pretty solid result."

Ricciardo concedes that there will be more pressure on his shoulders following the departure of compatriot Mark Webber.

"There's a bit more, for sure, since Mark stepped aside and I've moved up," he said.

"I think everyone's curious, along with me, to see how I go. A lot of people don't really know what I'm capable of so it's curiosity for now. Seb's [Vettel] been so dominant so people are asking 'can this kid really take it to him?'

"I guess we'll find out, but I'm still trying to stay pretty humble about it all and keep doing it as I've done the last few years and try to keep improving. I don't feel like I've peaked yet and I still feel like I'm learning a lot. Hopefully there is still a bit of speed to come out of me."

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