Daniel Ricciardo believes the way Red Bull as allowed him to approach his debut season with the team has led to his success so far this year.
Having replaced Mark Webber over the winter, Ricciardo has thrived with two victories and three further podiums in his first 11 races with the team, remaining the only driver to have beaten Mercedes. After his latest victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix
, Ricciardo said plenty of credit has to go to Red Bull for the way he has been able to settle in so quickly.
“I just want to thank the team,” Ricciardo said. “To have two victories in the first half of the season with them, obviously I owe a lot of that to them as well, for letting me just settle in, establish myself with them.
“They never put too much pressure on me, they let me roll into it as I liked – and I think that's been the best balance for all of us. The results are showing and I'll enjoy this one as much as Canada.”
And Ricciardo also believes the result in Hungary was good for the sport to have Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes – all with different power units – fighting for victory.
“I think obviously the mixed conditions and the safety cars maybe helped out this order in terms of having three different manufacturers up here but I would like to think that it can create something for the second half. I think that in pure dry conditions, Mercedes still have a pretty significant edge on everyone else.
“Spa, it's a pretty good place to start the second half of the year. Maybe the weather and the changes they have there could create something exciting but forgetting all the stats, obviously this is a great thing to see: three teams, three manufacturers all up here. It's refreshing, for sure.”