Ricciardo’s knows he still has work to do, but managed to get in a good fight and some points for him and the team.
The man from Perth made a great start by jumping Ocon and Sainz on the opening lap. He held Sergio Perez off for over 40 laps before he eventually had to concede the position due to the superior pace of the Red Bull.
Nonetheless, he held off Carlos Sainz towards the end of the race and scored a very solid 6th place.
“It was a good weekend. I would say the best weekend so far as a whole and I felt like I got the maximum out of the car today. I was defending the whole time! We jumped a few spots at the start and I think naturally those cars were a little quicker, which left me defending. It meant that the pace was high, and it forced me to push the whole way. I ended up learning even more about the car.
Ricciardo finished almost 20s adrift of midfield winner Charles Leclerc in P4 and believes more work needs to be done in the fight with Ferrari in the Constructors' Championship as the old rivals look set to fight for P3 this year.
“We’re obviously competitive for points, but we just need that little extra step. Ferrari had a bit more than us today and obviously we know the Red Bull is fast. We know we’ve still got some work to do but all-in-all it was a smooth, well-executed weekend. The team made some good calls for the pit-stops and I think top-six was the best result possible.”