Daniel Ricciardo is looking to find the confidence which can put him on terms with McLaren teammate Lando Norris at this weekend's Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
Ricciardo endured a tough event at Monaco which seemed to exacerbate his 2021 struggles. Having had previous success in Baku, including a memorable victory in 2017, Ricciardo wants to reset and build on what he has learned this season.
“Monaco wasn’t my weekend but I’m looking to bounce back. It’s been important to take time to reset and refocus before heading to Baku," Ricciardo said in a press release.
"The team and I have been working hard in the sim to understand, analyse and pinpoint the key areas we need to improve. We know the car has good potential, we just need to put all pieces together to unlock it.
"There’s still that element of adapting to a new car which I’m sure will come with the more time and mileage behind the wheel. I’m going to keep working at it, build on the progress we made in Portugal and Spain and try to feel as one with the car."
Baku is the second street circuit of the 2021 Formula 1 season so far although it's a complete contrast to Monaco with its long straights and wider turns. Ricciardo knows from past experience that everything is possible at Baku.
“Baku is a really cool street circuit and one of those races where potentially anything could happen," said Ricciardo. "The track is known for having one of the longest straights on the calendar with three cars being able to run side-by-side as you head into Turn 1.
"Hopefully, we can get the car into the right window from the off on Friday and have a solid weekend.”