Daniel Ricciardo is confident Red Bull will iron out their problems ahead of the British GP and fight for a top-three finish.
Having won his maiden F1 race at Canada at the start of June with his team-mate Sebastian Vettel third, Ricciardo and Red Bull were expected to challenge again at their home race in Austria.
But things didn’t go according to plan as the Australian could only finished eighth with Vettel forced to retire.
Luckily for the team the next race is just around the corner at Silverstone, and Ricciardo is hopeful they can challenge closer to the front as the track suits the RB10 better.
“I’m always optimistic going to Silverstone because I love the circuit but yes, it should be a circuit that suits us a little bit more,” he told the official Red Bull website.
“We’ve got to learn a few things about our performance here but once we do that, I think we’ll be fighting in the top five and trying to get on the podium.”
Red Bull had high hopes ahead of the return of the Austrian GP, but they were well off the pace the whole weekend and Ricciardo feels not only did the team go backwards, but their opponents took a few steps forward.
“We expected to be quicker here this weekend and were optimistic about being in the top five and maybe sneaking onto the podium but we simply didn’t have the pace,” the 24-year-old said.
He added: “Another factor was that our competitors seem to have found a bit more this week and we weren’t getting as much back on them in the corners as we have been previously. So, we’ve got a few things to look at.”