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Daniel Ricciardo hopes to fight for F1 podiums with RB

F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo has expressed his contentment with the prospect of remaining with RB for another season, even though he would give up a potential Red Bull drive.

Ricciardo's return to Formula 1 last year was underpinned by the expectation of rejoining Red Bull alongside Max Verstappen. 

However, this aspiration has yet to materialize for the eight-time Grand Prix winner, who has found himself overshadowed by teammate Yuki Tsunoda's performances.

Amid uncertainties surrounding his immediate future, especially with Liam Lawson sidelined, Ricciardo acknowledges the need for a swift turnaround in upcoming races to avoid a fate similar to Nyck de Vries.

Ricciardo has indicated his willingness to stay with RB for the next season.

"I'm enjoying the driving now; it's not so much result-driven," said Ricciardo, in an interview with Speedcafe. 

"Obviously, I don't want to just be here to be here; I want to earn that seat and the team is hopefully further up.

"So yeah, I guess it goes both ways. I mean, the answer is yes. But is it more fun fighting at the front? Is it more fun fighting for podiums and wins? Absolutely.

"And the truth is, if I draw a line under it and I speak about myself in the third person: Why did Daniel Ricciardo return after a few months off last year? Because I believe I can stand on the podium again. I can win races again.

"Ultimately, that is it. The belief is there... As long as that belief is still there, I think I'll be happy being here. But when I eventually do hang it up, I would love to have stood on the podium a few more times."

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