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Ricciardo geared up to do better in Europe races

AUSSIE driver Daniel Ricciardo hopes the engine woes that have plagued his 2015 campaign will disappear in time to make a push up the F1 championship standings as the series heads to Europe.

After finishing third last year, Ricciardo has been no closer than sixth this season, a position he filled in the opening event in Melbourne last month and again in Bahrain at the weekend.

He was probably lucky to finish that close after his Red Bull's Renault engine "blew" as he exited the final corner, but he said he hoped better results were ahead.

"The chassis is working better - we'll move onto Europe and see if we can get further up the grid," he said.

"The weekend went pretty smooth for me until the end of the race. I don't know what happened there."

Defending champion Lewis Hamilton extended his overall lead to 27 points from Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg after his third victory in four races.


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