Daniel Ricciardo believes his win in Canada will lead to a “more motivated” Sebastian Vettel in this weekend's Austrian Grand Prix.
With the two Mercedes cars having reliability issues, Ricciardo took full advantage to take his debut F1 victory and Red Bull's first win of the season. With Vettel finishing third – ensuring he has yet to finish ahead of Ricciardo in a race that both drivers have finished – Ricciardo said the result was likely to act as motivation for his team-mate.
“He showed a lot of respect and good sportsmanship after the race,” Ricciardo said. “Obviously he would have loved to have been on the top step but as I said, he showed that he was happy for me, that I got it.
“Yeah, it's good. I think it's just going to make him more motivated so I obviously can't rest now, I can't get too complacent, keep pushing and hopefully it works well for both of us, get both of us further up the grid.”
And Ricciardo said his win in Montreal had given the team a boost to push even harder to close the gap to Mercedes over the coming races.
“Definitely the win gave us more motivation, not that we didn't have it but it's given us that extra little bit. It's encouraged everyone to want more of it. I saw the team on the pit wall when I crossed the line and it was as if it was their first win again in Formula One. It was refreshing, so the motivation is there.
“I think it's still going to take a bit of time, it's not going to happen overnight, the gap is big as we all know, but as I've said, hopefully we can stand on the top step again this year and try and close them down. We're chipping away at it.”