Daniel Ricciardo says he can be 'satisfied' with progressing to a seventh place finish in the Spanish Grand Prix after extracting the 'maximum' from his Red Bull.

The Australian recovered from his tenth place grid slot to make solid progress up the order, emerging as the best of the Renault-powered cars and keeping the Lotus of Romain Grosjean behind him.

Finishing a lap down on the leaders, though Ricciardo was not overly enamoured with the result, he was pleased enough with the relative performance.

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"I am more satisfied as we achieved everything we could and seventh was the maximum I could get out of the car," he said. "There were some parts of the race that were encouraging but we're still further off than where we want to be, but we'll keep pushing.

"We came here with upgrades this weekend but they didn't give us what we were expecting, so that's something we'll keep working on. We're still a fair bit behind Williams at the moment but I think we have a good chance to close the gap a bit further in Monaco."