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More to come from STR - Ricciardo

ESPN Staff
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Daniel Ricciardo took the best result of his career in China © Getty Images
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Daniel Ricciardo does not think his strong performance at the Chinese Grand Prix was a one off and is expecting Toro Rosso to get even stronger at the coming races.

Ricciardo qualified and finished seventh, giving him a career-best result and his first points of the season. He had to make an early pit stop to change his front wing but still managed to finish 1.8s behind the Ferrari of Felipe Massa in sixth.

"Of course, the early pit stop to change the nose affected our plans and towards the end, Massa's Ferrari was looking bigger and bigger ahead of me," he said. "So yes, maybe I could have done even better, but for now I'll settle for this seventh place.

"From the start of the season, we have had many changes in terms of personnel and it takes a while for that to gel and this weekend, it felt like everything clicked into place, after the first two race weekends were a bit up and down, but now I expect us to continue getting stronger from here on."

Last year he was praised by his team for his sixth-place qualifying position in Bahrain, but he said going on to score points made the result even sweeter.

"I am really pleased to score my first points of the season and to confirm the qualifying performance. After yesterday afternoon I kept calm, knowing the real work would begin today. The last time I qualified this well was sixth in Bahrain last year and then I failed to score, so today, I really wanted to show people what I could do, so it's great for me to have had a great race but it's especially good for the team, who have worked so hard for this."