Daniel Ricciardo says he extracted everything from his Red Bull RB11 on route to seventh place in the Spanish Grand Prix.
Starting from tenth, Ricciardo drove a lonely race to finish a lapped seventh, the best of the rest behind 2015 front-runners Mercedes, Ferrari and Williams.
The Australian is already onto his fourth and final allocated power unit, after encountering a series of failures during the early part of the season.
“I am more satisfied today as we achieved everything we could and seventh was the maximum I could get out of the car,” he said.
“There were some parts of the race that were encouraging but we’re still further off than where we want to be, but we’ll keep pushing.
“We came here with upgrades this weekend but they didn’t give us what we were expecting, so that’s something we’ll keep working on.
“We’re still a fair bit behind Williams at the moment but I think we have a good chance to close the gap a bit further in Monaco.”
Daniil Kvyat came home tenth in the sister Red Bull, surviving a late scrap with Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr. to pick up the final point on offer.
“We didn’t have enough pace today,” the Russian admitted.
“I had a poor opening lap, dropping a few places and from then on that compromised my race. Because here at this track, if you lose places at the start, it’s almost game over, as it is so hard to get close enough to pass.
“I had a nice battle with Sainz towards the end, but now we will wait and see what the Stewards say about how it ended.
“We need to improve the car in every area at the moment. On the positive side, both our cars finished the race, which is good on the reliability front.
“This was a bad day for me, so now I just want to look ahead to Monaco in the hope we can be more competitive there.”
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