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Daniel Ricciardo

Ricciardo hopes triple-header will help to build his confidence

After some difficult moments during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix weekend, Daniel Ricciardo is looking forward to racing at the more "conventional" Paul Ricard circuit ahead of two races in Austria.

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Daniel Ricciardo is hopeful that the upcoming three back-to-back race weekends will be a good opportunity to continue to build his confidence.

This weekend's event in Paul Ricard marks the beginning of a triple-header, with two Grand Prix at Austria's Red Bull Ring set to follow. Ricciardo is aware of the challenge this kind of schedule can pose, but hopes to use it as a chance to get even more used to the car.

"We head to France this week to start the first triple-header of the season and I can’t wait to get started," the McLaren driver explained in the team's preview.

"Three back-to-back races can be seen as a challenge, but it’s also a great opportunity to get continuous time in the car and really build on the progress we’ve made so far.

"Being able to consecutively putmore miles in over the next three weekends combined with the work we’ve done in the simulator will hopefully get us to a good place and continue to build my confidence in the car."

Ricciardo has faced some challenging moments at recent Grand Prix; at Monaco he finished outside of the points, whilst a crash during qualifying in Azerbaijan probably didn't help in improving his confidence in the car.

Now the calendar moves away from street circuits with the upcoming French Grand Prix, and Ricciardo is glad to be going to a more "conventional" setting.

"We definitely had a productive weekend in Baku with several positive moments," the 31-year-old said. "I’m looking forward to racing at Paul Ricard this weekend.

"It’s a much more conventional and forgiving track than Baku that also comes with slightly fewer risks. So, let’s stay focused, try and make everything click and see what we can do!"

Ricciardo is currently in 10th place in the 2021 Driver Standings with 26 points, whilst teammate Lando Norris has 66 points in fourth place.

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