Horner hopes Ricciardo’s luck will change

Team boss Christian Horner hopes Red Bull can soon give Daniel Ricciardo a Formula One car he can drive “to his full potential”.

Horner is optimistic things will turn around for the Australian, who’s best result this year is fifth after eight races.

“In sport, sometimes you have a bit of a bad run and he’s been a bit unlucky,” he told said in a mid-season update.

“But hopefully his luck is about to change.

“He’s been driving incredibly well and hopefully soon we will be able to give him a car he will be able to use to his full potential.”

Ricciardo finished a respectable 10th in Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix, having started from 18th following a grid penalty for installing a new engine.

He completed a further 116 laps at Red Bull Ring on Thursday (AEST) in the final in-season test of 2015.

Part of the session was run with a large aero rake on the car – which looked like “something out of `The Terminator'”, according to Ricciardo – as the team turned their focus to aerodynamics.

He ended the day eighth fastest.

“We learned a few things and we tested a lot of stuff,” he said.

“We had a small problem at the end with the brakes but it wasn’t a major issue and we were able to get out again for one last run.”

The 25-year-old said he was looking forward next week’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone, which boasts more corners and fewer straights than Austria.

“So I think it should suit our car a bit better,” he said/

“We have some updates coming to Silverstone as well, so I hope we can take the fight to our immediate rivals (Williams).”

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