FIRED UP: Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo drives into Trafalgar Square during the F1 Live event in London.
FIRED UP: Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo drives into Trafalgar Square during the F1 Live event in London. Daniel Hambury

Ricciardo optimistic about British GP chances

DANIEL Ricciardo believes upgrades to his Red Bull car and the Silverstone track give him a good chance in Sunday's British Grand Prix.

"It's a high-speed circuit with a lot of fast corners and aerodynamically our car is getting really good now," Ricciardo said.

"And that's really motivating for us."

Ricciardo is hoping to increase his run of six successive podium finishes which started at the Spanish Grand Prix in May.

He is fourth in the driver standings on 107 points behind Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel (171) and Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton (151) and Valteri Bottas (136) after good performances at Monaco, Canada, Azerbaijan, where he won, and Austria.

Ricciardo is looking forward to tackling the fast Silverstone corners.

"It's going to be fun. I love high-speed corners," he said.

"From turn nine to 15, Copse to Stowe, it's some of the coolest sequences... probably (the best) mile of race track we go on all year.

"We got a taste of it in Austria. The second, third sector we were carrying some serious speed, so it's a sign of what this weekend is going to be like I think."

He said the new Red Bull upgrades were coming at the right time.

"It's a high downforce package."

That high level of downforce will be crucial at Silverstone and then in Budapest where it is expected to be fully unleashed.

"I think Silverstone will be similar to Austria, in that if we have a perfect weekend we can have a chance for a podium and then we come to some more high downforce circuits," he said.

"We have Budpaest in a couple of weeks which is more car-dependent than engine-dependent and we should be really on pace and the car will set up to get to a level of Ferrari and Mercedes."

News Corp Australia


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