Daniel Ricciardo has gone against Red Bull’s predictions and feels a podium will be possible at the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas.

Heading into the final four rounds of the 2018 Formula 1 campaign, Red Bull boss Christian Horner has predicted its final two shots at fighting for wins will come at the Mexican and Brazilian rounds due to the circuit characteristics suiting the team’s car.

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While Ricciardo resisted the prediction of battling for victory against Mercedes and Ferrari in Austin, the Australian driver feels the podium is possible thanks to the opportunities the track provides despite the team taking just a single rostrum across the previous three races at COTA (Ricciardo’s third place in the 2016 race)

“I think we will have a decent car around here. It is weird I haven’t had any podiums [aside from wins] so I will try to make that happen,” Ricciardo said. “Last year we had a pretty strong race but then we had to stop with some mechanical issues but it is definitely a fun track to race on.

“I enjoy Austin alone but the circuit is really good for racing as you can overtake and it is pretty unique. I’m happy if it is kind of wet for Friday and Saturday but I feel if the race is dry Sunday it will still be pretty exciting.”

Ricciardo is enduring his longest podium drought since joining Red Bull in 2014 with his last rostrum appearance coming from his victory in Monte Carlo.

In that same period of 11 races since the Monaco Grand Prix, Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen has secured six podiums including his win at the Austrian Grand Prix.

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