Ricciardo: I give mine a kiss every night, with tongue!

Daniel Ricciardo in good form ahead of the German Grand Prix

Daniel Ricciardo in good form ahead of the German Grand Prix

Daniel Ricciardo made light of why he is in better form than his Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel this season, his first with the world champion team, while admitting that his team may be lagging behind in the ongoing development race.

When asked, on the eve of the German Grand Prix weekend, for the secret to his superb form this year, Ricciardo laughed and said, “The secret? I give mine a kiss every night, with tongue!”

On a more serious note he mused about the fact that Mercedes powered teams are starting to find a second wind as the championship enters the second half.

“I think it’s probably the case, as we saw [at Silverstone], Williams really found some more speed. We did expect Silverstone to be a stronger circuit than the past few races. We probably haven’t found as much as we thought we could in those races so our strategy helped us get to third, but our strategy was a little worse off than that,” explained the big smiling Australian.

Daniel Ricciardo on his way to victory in Canada

Daniel Ricciardo leads Sebastian Vettel on his way to victory in Canada

“We’ll just keep trying to find some answers. I think we’re still a good car in terms of downforce and the high-speed corners but the others aren’t as bad as they were at the start of the season. They’ve found downforce and still kept a pretty handy car down the straights,” he pointed out.

Williams have been the revelation of the season, and are arguably second on the pecking order behind the Silver Arrows, and Ricciardo finds motivation in this state of affairs.

“I think, especially in the last few races, [Wiliams] have really made some progress and have been that next team in line. They’ve been really strong. It’s good to see other teams pushing and closing the gap to Mercedes, it makes it more competitive for us.”

“But at the same time it gives everyone else a bit more belief and motivation that if Williams can get pole position or lock out the front row they are not invincible,” ventured Ricciardo who won the Canadian Grand Prix in and early June and will be making his 60th Formula 1 start this weekend at Hockenheim. (GP247)