Daniel Ricciardo is pinning Red Bull’s 2015 fortunes on a new upgrade that could bring the four-time world champions back to the front of the grid.
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The Australian has suffered a poor start to the season due to a problematic Renault engine, with a sixth-placed finish in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix his best result yet.
According to Autosport, Red Bull are expected to have a host of major aerodynamic upgrades available for next month’s Spanish Grand Prix, with Ricciardo hoping it’s the “magic button” that will help put the Austrian outfit in the mix with Mercedes and Ferrari.
“I think there is one magic button, we’ve got the people behind the team to hold the magic button and I hope that’s the one,” Ricciardo told Autosport.
“I don’t want to get too caught up in it, because it’s easy to get disappointed, but the team has got the ability to make a big step like that.
“Seeing that Ferrari’s done it only means it’s within reason that we will able to do it as well.”
Red Bull have struggled with both engine and brake issues in the opening three races, with Renault suggesting more reliability issues could occur in his weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix.
The team engaged in a slinging match with Renault following the Malaysian Grand Prix, however it now seems the two have kissed and made up and are aiming to present a united front.
Red Bull currently sit fifth in the contructors’ championship, dropping below the likes of Sauber in what has been a bitterly disappointing start to 2015 for the Milton Keynes-based outfit.