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Before the season began, it was apparent that Red Bull was behind both Mercedes and Ferrari, and although their recent updates before the Spanish Grand Prix have enhanced their credentials after a forgettable first four races, Daniel Ricciardo understands that they are still a far way off.

After 66 laps around the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Ricciardo finished one minute and fifteen seconds behind race winner Lewis Hamilton. He did make it to the podium, but the gap was so glaring that it has not had the effect a third-place finish would usually have on him.

“I’m aware of the gap to the leaders today. I think they lapped up to fourth place, so I was the next victim,” said Ricciardo. “I’m really happy to spray some champagne again. Valtteri (Bottas) had mechanical problems and we were fourth and got promoted to third, but the ‘Honey Badger will take what he can get so I’m happy.”

Monaco is next on Formula 1’s journey around the world and will be the anniversary of the Australian’s first ever pole position in the sport. He understands, though, that replicating that success will be a rather big challenge.

The 27-year-old is buzzing to return to the jewel in the calendar and race around the streets of Monte-Carlo.

“I’m as keen as a 24-pack of mustard, I’m excited to go back there,” he said.

“I’m aware we probably don’t have the package that we had last year but I’m still excited to rag the hell out of that car around streets, and remind people of my abilities,” he said with a smile.

Do you think Red Bull can challenge for the title this season or are they already too far behind in the race? If Max Verstappen would’ve completed the race, would he have bettered Ricciardo’s time?

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