Daniel Ricciardo says he is amazed and confused by Red Bull’s performance in the last three races, all of which he believes the team were quick enough to win.
“At the start of the race, I was coming through the traffic, normally you damage your tyres. [But] I could still see from that point I was quicker than the Ferraris and Mercedes. It was hard to overtake but I knew we had pace.
“I don’t know if we got it right or the others got it wrong but we’ve certainly been fast the last few races. In Austin Max [Verstappen] came from the back to nearly win. In Mexico he won, it was going to be a one-two. Brazil, if we’d started at the front we would have had a one-two.
“We know the car was capable of winning, for sure, at all three of those races. So that’s positive. We’re still getting updates on the cars, the car is still progressing. It’s not like we found something massive and we said ‘this is now why we’re going to win every race’. It just seems like it’s been an accumulation over the year.”
However Ricciardo is uncertain whether the team will be as competitive in his final start for Red Bull this weekend..
“Looking at Brazil and the pace we had you’d say we could win here because I always feel we’re better here than Brazil, at least in dry conditions. But then again we could run fifth and sixth this weekend and just be like ‘that’s the pace’. It’s so hard to predict.
“I’m pretty optimistic at this stage. A win, we’ll see about a win, I’d love to say yes, but at least a podium we’re in touching distance.”
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