Daniel Ricciardo insists that Red Bull Racing is fully motivated in its chase of Mercedes, despite the huge performance gulf between the silver cars and their opposition.
The Australian says that his Canadian GP was a useful boost for the whole team.
“Everyone is chasing them and just keeps working,” said Ricciardo. “Definitely the win gave us more motivation, not that we didn’t have it but it’s given us that extra little bit. It’s encouraged everyone to want more of it. I saw the team on the pit wall when I crossed the line and it was as if it was their first win again in Formula One.
“It was refreshing, so the motivation is there. I think it’s still going to take a bit of time, it’s not going to happen overnight, the gap is big as we all know, but as I’ve said, hopefully we can stand on the top step again this year and try and close them down. We’re chipping away at it.”
He admits that it took a while for his Canadian GP to sink in. “It’s sunk in now. It took a few days but yeah it was awesome. We had obviously a great day and a good night with the team; we celebrated and enjoyed the moment. It was nice. I got lots of messages from lots of people, fellow drivers and other sportsmen and people around the world, which is pretty cool. I didn’t see all of them but the amount I saw were really nice.”
Ricciardo insisted that teammate Sebastian Vettel was pleased to see him win in Montreal.
“He showed a lot of respect and good sportsmanship after the race. Obviously he would have loved to have been on the top step but as I said, he showed that he was happy for me, that I got it. I think it’s just going to make him more motivated so I obviously can’t rest now, I can’t get too complacent, keep pushing and hopefully it works well for both of us, get both of us further up the grid.”Austrian GP, Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing, Sebastian Vettel