Ricciardo eager for more
Ricciardo eager for more

Daniel Ricciardo says he will become greedy for more race wins and predicts it will only get easier to add to his maiden grand prix victory.

The 24-year-old Duncraig racer is flush with confidence heading into tomorrow's Austrian Grand Prix after gracing the podium's top step for the first time this month in Canada.

The Red Bull Racing driver has surged into third on the season's Formula One standings, but is still 61 points behind championship leader Nico Rosberg and hungry to close the gap even further.

Ricciardo said he was pleased about being able to seize his breakthrough race win at the first real opportunity. But the achievement has not sated his appetite for success.

"Certainly in junior categories it gets easier after the first one - not so much doing it, but dealing with it," Ricciardo said.

"At the end of the day it comes down to confidence. I think I controlled the adrenaline pretty well, but the next time I'm in this position - hopefully soon - it should be easier to push that down.

"Unfortunately winning does-n't really scratch the itch - it just makes you want more and more. I'm going to become greedy to do this again."

Teammate and four-times world champion Sebastian Vettel congratulated Ricciardo on the podium despite being trumped by his younger counterpart for the fifth successive race, giving a strong indication of improved team harmony inside Red Bull this season.

And Ricciardo gave an insight into the respect all F1 drivers share, revealing Vettel wasn't the only rival to go out of his way to congratulate him on becoming just the fourth Australian to win an F1 grand prix.

"Nico was a bit disappointed, but at the same time he'd increased his championship lead so he wasn't bitter - both he and Sebastian were very complimentary, which was very nice," Ricciardo said.

"Actually everyone has been. Fernando (Alonso) came down to Red Bull hospitality to shake my hand.

"It's a side of motorsport that people perhaps don't see."

The Austrian Grand Prix is a home fixture of sorts for Red Bull, which owns the circuit and races under Austrian colours despite being based in England.

The race has been revived this year after the team struck a deal with F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone to end a decade-long absence from the championship calendar.

Red Bull principal Christian Horner said people should not be fooled by the team's success in Canada, pointing out Mercedes still had the fastest car.

"What we have managed to do is keep chipping away," Horner told Autosport.

"We have managed to improve the car, managed to improve the engine and we were there to capitalise on some misfortune for Mercedes.

"But we have to keep pushing and keep closing that gap."

The West Australian

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