SPIELBERG BEI KNITTELFELD, Austria - Winning in Canada will give Red Bull extra motivation when they race at home in Austria this weekend, but catching up with leaders Mercedes will take time, Australia's Daniel Ricciardo warned Thursday.
Speaking to journalists at the Red Bull Ring two weeks after his first career Formula One win in Montreal, the 24-year-old looked like he still couldn't stop smiling.
"It's sunk in now. It took a few days, but it was awesome," he admitted of his Canadian Grand Prix victory.
Going into Sunday's race on home soil, the team was now hoping to capitalise on this result and push further against Mercedes, who are leading the constructors' standings with 258 points.
"It's obviously exciting for us now. We've got a bit of steam from the last race," said Ricciardo.
"Definitely the win gave us more motivation, not that we didn't have it but it's given us that extra little bit. It's encouraged everyone to want more of it."
After four back-to-back F1 titles thanks to German star Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull struggled at the start of the season while Mercedes took one win after the other, scoring a six-race winning streak.
Even now Red Bull is trailing Mercedes by 119 points in the constructors' standings.
But Montreal may be the start of something for Red Bull, Ricciardo said.
"I think it's still going to take a bit of time, it's not going to happen overnight, the gap is big as we all know.
"But hopefully we can stand on the top step again this year and try and close them down. We're chipping away at it."
Not only Mercedes but teammate Vettel will be hot on his heels, he noted.
"I think it's just going to make him more motivated so I obviously can't rest now. I can't get too complacent, (I must) keep pushing and hopefully it works well for both of us and gets both of us further up the grid."