Daniel Ricciardo says he can take some pleasure from his fight-back to tenth place in the Austrian Grand Prix given the car's struggles around the Red Bull Ring.

Despite it being Red Bull's home venue, the team has made no secret that it is considered one of its hardest on the calendar, which in turn contributed to the decision for Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat to take engine penalties ahead of the race.

Nonetheless, Ricciardo - having started 18th - was able to make the most of an alternative strategy that saw him run 50 of the 71 laps on the prime tyre, before a late dash with the option rubber. Falling just short of catching Sergio Perez for ninth, Ricciardo was nonetheless pleased to notch up a digit in tenth.

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"I look that we started at the back and got one point off probably our hardest circuit on the calendar," he commented. "If I had said I would finish in the top ten, I would be fairly happy. I think judging by our car's performance, I got the most out of it in the race."

Reflecting on the decision to run long at the beginning, Ricciardo admits it was perhaps too aggressive with the strategy, suggesting it would have been better to switch to the super-soft earlier.

"When we put the option on, we were a lot quicker. The pace was pretty rapid and I felt good at the end with that tyre. We will have a look, maybe we could have pitted earlier and gone on the option but we had to try something and staying out on the prime was a chance we needed to take."

Despite the upward trajectory of Ricciardo's drive, Red Bull's single point for tenth place marks its worst haul since the 2014 Australian Grand Prix when Sebastian Vettel retired and Ricciardo was DQ'd from second. Prior to that, you have to go back to the 2012 Italian Grand Prix for a similar result when neither Vettel nor Mark Webber finished.