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Ricciardo: Poor 2017 start "another wake-up call" for Red Bull

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Ricciardo: Poor 2017 start "another wake-up call" for Red Bull
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Sep 28, 2017, 11:50 AM

Daniel Ricciardo says Red Bull’s poor start to the Formula 1 season was “another wake-up call” for the team but he does not believe it will happen against next term.

Red Bull had been expected to be Mercedes’ closest challenger this year, but the team trailed behind Mercedes and Ferrari from pre-season testing.

The team found this year’s bigger cars were affecting performance in the windtunnel as parts were not performing on track as they had when simulated at the factory.

When that issue was solved, around June, Red Bull found a clearer direction but the team has been playing catch-up ever since.

“This year was another wake-up call for us, the slow start,” said Ricciardo. “I don’t feel it will happen again. I would love to start stronger.

“The team understand probably why we were behind at the start of the year. A lot of questions were answered. From Austria, we’ve definitely understood the car better.

“We can push it a bit more, get more to the limit without it suddenly snapping or getting away from us. We have certainly made progress.

“We need to develop more for next year, but I think we’ll definitely start closer.”

Ricciardo, whose Red Bull contract expires at the end of next season, says he will wait to see how Red Bull performs next season before making a decision on his future.

When asked what was required to convince him to stay at Red Bull, he said: “A chance to win a title for sure.

"If I was in my mid-to-late thirties, then maybe priorities will change. I love it for the competition, and there’s no better feeling of competing at the front of the grid. I definitely want to chase the championship car.

“It’s too early to think about a contract for 2019. I’ll see how it unfolds next year. I’m in the team next year, so I can see what direction it’s going and then assess everything from there.”

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