Daniel Ricciardo says closing on the rest of the field and getting a better handle on the Pirelli tires are his aims for his second Formula 1 race in Germany this weekend.
The Red Bull protege has taken a Hispania Racing Team race seat, and qualified and finished last on his debut at Silverstone, although he had been quicker than veteran teammate Tonio Liuzzi in some practice sessions.
"I'm satisfied with my first race finish in Silverstone at the wheel of the HRT Formula 1 team car," said Ricciardo. "It was nice to finish and get the first race and experience under my belt. Ideally I would have liked to be closer to my rivals but that's the aim for this race. I have learned that there is a lot more to the tires and managing them than I thought. For now this is one of the main things I need to learn quickly about.
"My goal this time is to finish the race and close the gap to my competitors and to Tonio."