Daniel Ricciardo says he is out for "revenge" in the Bahrain Grand Prix after suffering a nightmare race in Malaysia last weekend.

Having already been excluded from the Australian Grand Prix, Ricciardo's bad luck continued at Sepang as he suffered from a Red Bull pit stop error as his left front wheel wasn't properly attached. Having already lost time in that stop, Ricciardo was hit with a 10 second stop/go penalty in the race and an automatic 10-place grid penalty in Bahrain.

However, Ricciardo is happy to have a race so soon in order to put Malaysia behind him. Asked by Crash.net if it was a positive to have back-to back races, he replied: "Definitely pleased to have back-to-back.

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"I always find when you have ... not that it was a bad weekend, the final result was bad but the weekend itself wasn't too bad, but just to get some revenge for what happened. Basically not to have to wait three weeks to race again, I'm definitely motivated to get some points on the board and to only have to wait a week was nice.

"I would have raced Monday if I could have! But here we are, so I'll do what I can this weekend. Obviously at best I'm going to start 11th so there's going to be a bit of charging to take place. I'm definitely in the right frame of mind at the moment to charge hard, so hopefully we'll give you an exciting race!"

And Ricciardo also conceded he may have to set his car up with overtaking during the race in mind.

"It's something we're definitely going to have to look in to. Obviously I'm going to have to do some overtaking to move forward, and for that maybe a lower downforce setting would be beneficial. It's always a compromise how many grid positions you sacrifice in qualifying to make the race car better. If I could choose one over the other I would definitely like to set the car up for Sunday and charge hard."

While expecting to be closer to Mercedes than in Malaysia, Ricciardo said he still feels the gap is too big to bridge just based on the track characteristics.

"I definitely hope we can do it this weekend. There's only really the one long straight here where we're losing most of the time, so we should be closer in theory. The infield as well is a bit tight and twisty and we feel like that's at least one of our stronger points for now. So we hope to be a bit closer; I think there's still a pretty big gap to them though. It's probably a bit optimistic to say we'll be up there on their pace..."