"If I take the first half of the race [on Sunday], I know I was on the medium [tyre] and the cars in front were on softs, but I think I was quite close to the pace of [Carlos] Sainz and [Alex] Albon, so I think we have improved, especially on a circuit which hasn't been a good one for us.
"I'm certainly curious to see how we can get on at the next few. Silverstone was good for us last year, so we will see once we get there, but there are positives to take.
"Eighth, as good as points are, and I wouldn't say we deserve better, but I think we have shown pace to get a better result the last two weekends.
"Moving forward we have just got to understand a little more about the soft [tyre]. The guys on the medium at the end were quite a bit quicker, so I feel we can do better, but generally speaking, the car has certainly taken a step forward, that's for sure."
A particular plus of the R.S.20 for Ricciardo this year is at the rear.
Addressing the strengths and weaknesses, Ricciardo added: "In race trim, we've still got a little bit to improve.
"But generally we can follow other cars a little better in a race, and suffer a little bit less in the dirty air, so the downforce and package we have are a bit more efficient.
"On low fuel, the rear of the car has improved a lot, so traction. If we look at overlays from last year, we are getting to full throttle considerably earlier, so the rear of the car, at the moment, is a strength compared to this time last year."
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