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British GP | Daniel Ricciardo keeps his chin up: "We will win again this year"

Daniel Ricciardo is adamant that it is too early to rule Red Bull out of contention, despite its significant lack of pace compared to Ferrari and Mercedes in terms of raw pace.

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British GP | Daniel Ricciardo keeps his chin up: "We will win again this year"
Fuente imagen: Red Bull Racing

Daniel Ricciardo comes from the Austrian heartbreak, where he was forced to retire due to reliability problems. Not only did he have a horrendous Sunday outcome, he also was involved in some qualifying drama with his teammate Max Verstappen about the 'tow policy'. However, the Australian assures everyone that the air has been cleared with his 20-year-old teammate: "We had a meeting after all that, it all made sense in the meeting. If it was to happen again, we’d change it up, but it wasn’t properly addressed before qualifying and I guess I just assumed things would change. It was a misunderstanding, a miscommunication, but it’s all good now."

Asked about the additional DRS zone located at turn 1: “It’s going to be fun, I think we can do it but I don’t think it’s going to be a walk in the park. The challenge is getting through it without spinning. It’s a pretty short apex, you will have to do it turning at some point but you will have to turn in not too sharp."

"If we can do it, that will obviously be an advantage because not everyone is going to be able to do it. But it might slow us down if we slide, scrubbing the tyres breaking into turn 3. The track has been resurfaced since last year, so we will see if the bumps have been taken out."

Talking about the Triple header, the Red Bull driver talked about the schedule of F1 weekends: “I would happily race more if the weekends were shorter, but if we have more races but our weeks get more spread out with commitments, then it’s too much."

As mentioned before, the schedule is too tight and filled with commitments, which forced him to keep a healthy lifestyle in the past 4 weeks. "After a bad race, one thing which helps getting over it is having a night out. But with the triple header you just suck it up and save it to the end, I’m trying to stay healthy for this one and I’ll have a few days off next week, not partying because I’ll be exhausted but I will be recharging because we will have two races in a row.

Although Red Bull benefitted from Mercedes misfortune in Austria, Ricciardo believes his car can reach out to the top step of the podium later this season. "I think we will win again this year, we have a chance of winning on some tracks later on. We are likely to serve a penalty in Germany, the odds are against us but I think it’s not over, there are too many races to go."

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