Daniel Ricciardo feels Red Bull is now able to show the same competitiveness it enjoyed during the 2014 Formula 1 season, even if he admits it is unlikely Renault will supply it with the engine it needs to make the most of the chassis updates.

His result in the Italian Grand Prix notwithstanding as Red Bull took strategic grid penalties in an effort to better prepare for more favourable upcoming events, Ricciardo showed an upturn in performance at Silverstone, Hungaroring and Spa-Francorchamps, if not reliability.

Despite the problems, which were typified in Monza when his brand new Renault engine blew in FP3 after just five laps, Ricciardo feels there are positives to be gleaned from race races as he feels the chassis is capable of challenging the front runners again.

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"I think we're now back at a level we were at last year," he said. "We knew the chassis was strong, we felt most of our deficit was the power and then I think earlier this season it looked like we obviously had issues on both sides.

The chassis didn't feel like it was where it was last year so I thought we had similar deficiencies on both sides but we've had quite a few updates since. All year we have updates but I'd say since Silverstone it's really come on strong and we seem to be in the window a lot easier now with getting the car there so I'm definitely a lot happier with where the chassis is now.

"With the power we're trying to make up what we can but we know we started too far back and it nearly is impossible to make all that gap back in one season so I think that's what it is for now.

"We're always going to be somewhat down for the rest of the season, that's why we look at Singapore and some of these circuits which are obviously a lot less power-dependent, a lot more chassis and we look at those as potential podiums for us."

Starting 19th on the grid, Ricciardo belied his power disadvantage to fight his way back up to eighth position at the chequered flag.