Daniel Ricciardo has said that his Red Bull Racing team is a long way from challenging Mercedes, at least for the first half of the season with the drivability of the new Renault engine posing a very difficult challenge for the drivers.
The Australian was the only driver who managed to stand up to the duopoly of the two Mercedes cars of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg but he has admitted that those chances are bleak this season. He said that he tries not to have any expectations but the expectations change knowing that the Silver Arrows have two clear seconds on his car.
According to Ricciardo, the team just cannot expect to be on pole or fight for race wins at this time of the season, all things being equal. Speaking before the season opening Australian Grand Prix, the youngster said that considering how things have been for the Red Bull Racing team over the weekend, the qualifying was much better but the team still is a long way away from where they need and aspire to be.More