Ricciardo: Norris is certainly pushing me but I enjoy it

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Daniel Ricciardo is looking forward to building on the momentum he created at Paul Ricard when Formula 1 heads to the Red Bull Ring for the Styrian Grand Prix this weekend.

Ricciardo looked to be more confident in the McLaren during the French Grand Prix, finishing the race in sixth after qualifying in 10th.

The Australian did finish behind teammate Lando Norris once again, but executed his strategy well and made some good moves as he climbed through the field.

Looking ahead to the Styrian Grand Prix, the first race on a double-header in Austria, Ricciardo said that he was hoping to find some consistency, while predicting that wet weather could play a part.

“I’m looking forward to having another race on the bounce and a double in Austria,” he said. “It could be a wet one – maybe even for both weekends.

“We could get two very different races, you never know. I think it’s just a good opportunity for me to keep working on the car and myself.

“Hopefully, we can build on the performance we had in France and find some consistency we’ve been looking for. We’ll try and get some more points for the team in Austria. It’s close out there and every weekend counts, so we’ll be pushing hard.”

Ricciardo sits ninth in the drivers’ championship after seven races, 42 points adrift of Norris, who has already finished on the podium twice this season.

Despite struggling by comparison with the 21-year-old so far this year, the seven-time race winner said that he was enjoying the challenge of going up against Norris.

“He’s certainly very good,” Ricciardo added.

“So far he’s had a very, very strong start to the season, he’s had a bunch of top fives, obviously with a couple of podiums.

“He’s really showing strong signs to be a top driver. He’s certainly pushing me. It’s what I like, I enjoy it.

“You certainly always want to be the top dog but it’s good for me to learn, push and keep bettering myself.”