“We are definitely convinced that we are in a position, once we are there as a team, that the Mercedes power unit can help us to win races again in the future,” he said. “Definitely.
“But, I think it’s important to make sure we focus on ourselves. We still have a long way to go on our side and on the team side, but we are happy with the progress we could make the last two years.
“At the same time, you know, there’s still a lot of things we need to get in place first on the infrastructure side and on the team side, before we actually battle for race wins again.”
Meanwhile, Ricciardo’s new team-mate Lando Norris is looking forward to learning from his experienced ally.