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Ricciardo aims to beat Virgin

Daniel Ricciardo sets his targets for the remainder of the 2011 F1 season
Daniel Ricciardo says he feels he can beat Virgin Racing pair Timo Glock and Jerome D'Ambrosio regularly on track by the end of the season.

The Australian joined HRT for the British Grand Prix and has now completed three races with the team – with the Hungarian Grand Prix last weekend seeing him secure his best finish to date with 18th place.

In Budapest, Ricciardo finished of both D'Ambrosio and team-mate Tonio Liuzzi – albeit after both were delayed – but the youngster said he was hopeful that he could regularly beat both the Italian and the Virgin pair with more time behind the wheel under his belt.

“The target is to continue learning,” he said. “I think that will come with time in the car. If I could manage to sneak out a personal best result or edge out Tonio and the Virgins in a few races that would be a strong result. I have to aim high because it is only going to help me for the future. I think that for the last few races of the year I can really start to push and aim for it.

“They [the team] haven't put any real pressure on for now which I think is nice. But I also think the team expects some improvement now for the second half of the season. It is a good level of pressure, nothing I can't handle, but I also ask a lot of myself.”

However, Ricciardo admitted that beating Liuzzi wouldn't be easy with the Italian having taken on the mantle of leading HRT following his departure from Force India over the summer

“It is going to take my best efforts to really try and get in front of him and to push for a personal best result for the team,” he said. “I don't think it is going to come through luck; it's just going to be hard work for now. I really have to soak in as much information as I can to try and become the driver I want to be and, hopefully, the one who maybe gets a personal best result for HRT one day.”



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cockroach - Unregistered

August 04, 2011 5:19 PM

Richard you always appear to jump on young Daniel at every oportunity, wonder why that is, maybe its because you might see him as a future threat to Vettel in the same car, 'if' he was to come in and start beating Vettel can you imagine the look on the German wonder kids face, priceless.

CommodoreS

August 04, 2011 4:05 PM

Richard Daniel is paving his way and not endeavouring to be a instant "Hotshot". The race at Hungary was not representative but you can be assured their are better things to come. Qualifying was determined by a hair breadth with Tonio and the practice sessions on long runs substantiated Daniel has the pace. Also take into account the race was not representative due to Daniel keeping his nose clean and out of troubles way. In the equation we also have the matter of tyres. Tonio called for inters whilst Daniel persisted. Whose call that was I have no idea but bares relation to your comment. Play fair in your assumptions



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