Daniel Ricciardo has kept his expectations at bare minimum for 2016, as delays in securing an engine supply continue to haul out development of the Red Bull RB12.
Red Bull have had a sub-par season by recent standards, with the Austrian outfit scoring just three podiums all year round. A large chunk of the blame has been put on engine partners Renault, although Red Bull themselves started the season with a poor chassis.
And in the wake of continued delays in finding a power unit supplier, Ricciardo doesn’t expect 2016 to fare much better.
"I will know a bit more when we know what is going to be in the back of the car," said Ricciardo. "Right now, where we stand, it is hard to say that we are going to challenge for the title - but I would like to think that next year we can get more than two podiums."
Last year, the Australian rose to fourth place from back of the grid in Abu Dhabi, after being disqualified from qualifying for technical issues. In team’s preview release, he gave an overview of what he described as his best race of the year.
“Honestly yeah, I think it really was my best weekend of 2014,’’ he said. “It wasn’t a win but I nailed qualifying, I nailed the race, I nailed the whole thing. Pace, consistency, everything was awesome and it got me from the back of the grid to fourth, so yes, in terms of pure performance, it was my best race”