Daniel Ricciardo is looking forward to tackling F1's upcoming triple-header as the busy schedule will provide the McLaren driver with "continuous" time in the car and an opportunity to boost his confidence.
Ricciardo has struggled since the start of the season to get on top of McLaren's 2021 car. The Aussie has been consistently outpaced by teammate Lando Norris who is slowly staking claim to the unofficial title of team leader at the papaya squad.
F1 will kick off this weekend in France a demanding schedule that will see teams undertake three consecutive races, with a double-header at the Red Bull Ring set to follow the French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard.
But Ricciardo is determined to use the busy three weeks to his advantage.
"We head to France this week to start the first triple-header of the season and I can’t wait to get started," he said in McLaren French Grand Prix preview;
"Three back-to-back races can be seen as a challenge, but it’s also a great opportunity to get continuous time in the car and really build on the progress we’ve made so far.
"Being able to consecutively put more miles in over the next three weekends combined with the work we’ve done in the simulator will hopefully get us to a good place and continue to build my confidence in the car."
Ricciardo finished just ninth in Baku, helped by a string of retirements that took place in the latter part of the race. The Aussie nevertheless cast a positive view on his weekend in Azerbaijan, but admits to being happy to return to more conventional venues.
"We definitely had a productive weekend in Baku with several positive moments," he said.
"I’m looking forward to racing at Paul Ricard this weekend. It’s a much more conventional and forgiving track than Baku that also comes with slightly fewer risks.
"So, let’s stay focused, try and make everything click and see what we can do!"