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Daniel Ricciardo hoping Red Bull close on Mercedes in Austria

Daniel Ricciardo admits that Red Bull need time to catch up with Mercedes, but is hopeful they can close the gap.

Red Bull are optimistic that they can build on their successful Canadian Grand Prix by winning on home ground in Austria this weekend.

The teams travel to the Red Bull Ring fresh from Daniel Ricciardo's maiden Formula 1 win, but the Australian is realistic about the team's hopes for the race given the domination by Mercedes for much of the season.

He told reporters: "The gap is still big. We've got a bit of steam from the last race. We're all really excited - the home one for Red Bull - but [closing the gap to Mercedes] is still going to take a bit of time, it's not going to happen overnight."

Sunday's race will be the first at the track since 2002, in a race made famous when Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello was ordered to allow then teammate Michael Schumacher past to take victory.

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