Daniel Ricciardo says he wants to return to finishing in the top six when Formula 1 makes its return to Imola for the Emilia Romagna GP.
The Renault driver was on a run of five top-six finishes in a row before P9 at the Portuguese Grand Prix ended that streak.
Nonetheless, it was another points finish for the Aussie and he heads into the Emilia Romagna GP P4 in the Drivers’ Championship.
But, ideally Ricciardo wants to get back into the top six.
“Imola is another new one for us. I’m excited about going there as we’ve had a great run of racing at new places and I’ve enjoyed them all so far,” he told the Renault website.
“It’s also back to another Italian race and I’ve had good results in Italy this year so I’m hoping to have another strong one this weekend. I haven’t raced at Imola before and I’m sure there will be a bit of an aura about the place as there is so much history there and that will be nice to experience.
“I think, as a team, we leave Portugal feeling neither happy nor too disappointed. It was a race where we wanted to score points to make sure we keep in touch with our direct rivals.
“From Friday it was clear the weekend would be tough, especially with learning the tyres, so to come away with some points is okay. We couldn’t do much more than eighth and ninth, so we go to Imola wanting to return to competing for the top six places.”
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Qualifying could turn out to be vital to Ricciardo’s plans though since he doesn’t expect Imola to lend itself to overtaking.
“The track itself is a short one and I think overtaking will be difficult, but it’s a relatively long straight so we’ll have to see on Sunday,” he explained.
“It’s medium downforce with some medium to fast corners so it’ll be an exciting one and a challenge at the wheel. We’ll be looking to get as many points as possible after a challenging weekend in Portugal, so I’m looking forward to going there and doing the best possible job.”
Ricciardo goes into the race with 80 points on the board, five ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in P5.