Daniel Ricciardo believes he will "naturally" improve as a driver in the second half of the 2014 season.

Having joined Red Bull from Toro Rosso, Ricciardo has enjoyed an impressive first half of the season scoring three podiums and a race victory in Canada. Already sitting third in the drivers' championship behind the two Mercedes drivers, Ricciardo says he will only get stronger as he gains more experience at Red Bull.

"For the second half I think naturally it should improve in terms of me as a driver," Ricciardo said. "You're constantly learning. I'm still very young in my Formula One career so there are still some things I'm picking up even weekend after weekend. Naturally with the team I'm going to grow with them. The relationships with the engineers and the people around me is just going to get better.

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"So this all plays a part in terms of not only car set-up but how I feel driving the car and the level of confidence I take in when I'm in the car knowing that we've discussed the right things and I'm hopping in a car with a set-up that I trust and my engineer trusts. So all these little things will keep coming together, so if I can get up on the podium a few more times then my confidence and self-belief are just going to keep growing."

With this weekend's race at Hockenheim seeing a similar type of track to the one in Austria on which Red Bull struggled, Ricciardo is confident the team understands where it went wrong.

"We definitely learned some stuff from Austria. I'd like to think that even if the characteristics of the track are similar, we should be a bit more competitive. It sounds like I say it every week but we just have to see what happens and see how we go tomorrow. We're expecting a better result than Austria, we're not expecting it to be as difficult."

And Ricciardo also said it was encouraging for the rest of the field to see Williams able to get closer to Mercedes in recent races.

"Especially in the last two races - even in Montreal they were strong as well - they have really made some progress. They've sort of been back to the next team in line. They've been really strong so it's good to see other teams pushing and closing the gap to Mercedes. It just makes it more competitive for us but at the same time it gives everyone else a bit more belief and motivation that if Williams can get a pole position or lock out the front row then Mercedes are not invincible."