Daniel Ricciardo: Aussie plays down hopes of podium repeat at Russian GP

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Daniel Ricciardo has said that he is still enjoying the fact that he is a race-winner again after the Italian Grand Prix but admits that the reality is that McLaren will not be on the podium every weekend just yet.

Ricciardo scored a popular victory last time out at Monza as he and Lando Norris stormed to a fine one-two - sealing the team's first win in the sport since 2012 - scarcely believable for an outfit as famous as theirs.

Nevertheless, it was the latest sign of the Maccas being on the right path to getting back to the front of the field in F1 and there'll be hope that more of that is to come this season, though Ricciardo admits there's still work to do and a reoccurence of the double podium finish in Italy is far from nailed on in the final third of the campaign:

"A week after Monza it still feels good to be on the top step of the podium again. We couldn't have wished for a more perfect way to end a triple race. It was great to be up front and have the chance to fight for the win. The one-two finish is the result of hard work by the whole team and by myself," Ricciardo told F1.com.

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"I've definitely taken the time to enjoy the moment, but now it's time to focus on Russia. I want to build on my performance in Monza this weekend and will try to score important points to stay in contention with our rivals," said Ricciardo. "Sochi can be a tricky circuit to make a move on, so it's important to get the most out of qualifying to give us the best chance of scoring points on Sunday."

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"We're not getting carried away because we know it won't be like this every weekend. We have to keep putting ourselves in the best possible position and get the most out of the car, the pit stops, the strategy and everything in between."

It's great seeing McLaren in the thick of it at the front end once more and hopefully they can add an extra dynamic at sharp end as Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton continue their duel for the title.

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