Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo has vowed to bounce back at the Canadian Grand Prix as his wait for a first win of the campaign continues.
The Australian currently boasts three career race victories, however, all of those came during his debut campaign with Red Bull in 2014.
Ricciardo, who is priced at 7.00 to win the Canadian Grand Prix, has come home fourth on four occasions in 2016, while his best performance came last time out in Monaco as he finished second.
Red Bull were expecting Ricciardo to be their leading man this season but youngster Max Verstappen was helped to his first ever win in Barcelona due to team orders.
The 26-year-old accused his team of ruining his chances in both Barcelona and Monaco after a poor pit stop cost him in the latter.
The former Toro Rosso man insists he isn’t going to allow those issues to play on his mind when the Canadian Grand Prix gets underway at the weekend.
Ricciardo said: “Now that I’ve sort of got over Monaco I just want to get back in the car and basically smash it and get amongst it.
“You’re going to see the same intensity that you saw in Monaco. I plan on keeping that up and not letting anything else get in the way.”
Red Bull racing consultant Dr Helmut Marko admitted the team have affected Ricciardo and believes he is one of the best drivers on the grid. “We cost him victory in Monaco,” Marko said. “He had the wrong strategy in Barcelona, and in Monaco he deserved victory.
“Two times he had it torn from his hands. I have told him that at the moment he is driving at such a high level – maybe even the highest out of all the drivers – that victory for him is now only a matter of time.”