The Australian has struggled to match teammate Lando Norris all season and has been attempting to regulate his driving fashion to the necessities of the MCL35M.
There have been constant indicators of progress, and at Silverstone he completed fifth, a spot behind Norris.
“It is nonetheless undoubtedly at instances irritating,” he mentioned. “However I am most likely previous the purpose of being annoyed, I feel now it is sort of a actuality that I am nonetheless needing to search out some extra and simply be at one with the automotive. That is most likely one of the simplest ways to place it.
“So I suppose it is not something new for me now. I do know and I am conscious that it is most likely nonetheless gonna be a course of.
“I did not panic in the beginning, however I used to be conscious that I used to be shedding floor, and I used to be simply attempting to grasp the place am I shedding and what’s it that I would like to assist me get you recognize these three or fourth tenths a lap extra.”
Ricciardo agreed that his stable Silverstone weekend had been a lift, though he felt stronger over one lap in qualifying than in a race stint.
“I am undoubtedly pleased on paper, or happier, with the primary prime 5 of the 12 months,” he mentioned when requested by Motorsport.com about his Silverstone weekend.
“And Lando getting getting one other prime 5, so it is clearly good factors for the staff. I do know Ferrari clearly robust weekend as nicely.
“I feel there’s now simply nonetheless some underlying tempo. It is unusual since you’d suppose on one lap is the place I might possibly lack extra, while you actually push the automotive on the restrict, and possibly the race when the whole lot settles down I might have a bit extra.
“However we have sort of seen the other this weekend. On the race when the automotive is a bit on gasoline and begins to maneuver round extra that is the place I’ve nonetheless obtained to dial it in a bit extra. I feel simply the sensation and with the ability to actually put the automotive on that knife edge I am not capable of do as persistently but.”
Ricciardo famous that being pushed by the Ferrari of Carlos Sainz within the race obliged him to check the bounds: “I feel having Carlos really on the finish, or for a lot of the race, on me, and placing the strain on me, sort of compelled me in a approach to overdrive some corners.
“And I feel it allowed me to really feel a bit of extra the place the place that edge is. That is undoubtedly the encouraging factor. I do know in clear air Carlos was undoubtedly faster, however to get a prime 5 once I’m nonetheless like this, it’s encouraging.”
Ricciardo famous in Austria that he has to deal with himself and never on the tempo of his teammate, and he he says he is attempting to stay to that strategy.
“I imply, for certain, I am going to nonetheless look by means of the information and see the place I can enhance. However yeah, by means of qualifying I had a pleasant, to illustrate inside confidence in myself.
“I used to be fairly fairly snug with the automotive and I did not really feel the must be distracted by to illustrate him or the rivals. So I feel it was weekend from to illustrate the mindset perspective.”