Ricciardo: I'll deliver with right car

Tuesday 10-December-2013 12:45

Daniel Ricciardo is confident he will back up his qualifying performances with good results on race day next year.

The 24-year-old produced some stunning one-lap displays for Toro Rosso this year, including a career-high P5 at the British Grand Prix. However, that often failed to translate into points on Sundays as the STR car was unable to match the front-runners.

Next year will be different though as he will be in the cockpit of a Red Bull and will be expected to challenge for podiums and race victories.

"I think the races this year where we have had the race car to back up our qualifying speed, which unfortunately hasn't been always but we had a few times like Silverstone, China and a few other places, I have delivered and lived up to the speed of the car," he told Autosport.

"Next year if I get given the right car and I put it on the front row I am confident I can race there."

Asked if he felt he had sometimes outperformed the STR, but then found his machinery was unable to match that on a Sunday, Ricciardo replied: "The way you described it is polite, but I would also agree with that."

He will also be up against a different kettle of fish at Red Bull though as four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel already has 40 pole positions to his name.

"We both, particularly last year, have been very strong in qualifying in comparison to our team-mates so it could be a nice battle," the Australian said.

"I think if I show the speed, particularly early on, then that is going to go down well.

"The races will come but I think they have come on anyway in the last six months to a year."

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