Red Bull should be able to challenge Mercedes and Ferrari on a consistent basis in 2018, according to Daniel Ricciardo.

Red Bull can challenge - Ricciardo

Red Bull can challenge - Ricciardo

The Milton Keynes-based outfit finished third in the Constructors' Championship last season, 200 points shy of winners Mercedes and 154 behind second placed Ferrari, but they did enjoy a strong end to the campaign.

Red Bull struggled with reliability issues in the first half of the season as they found it tough to adjust to the new rules, however, Ricciardo believes they can start 2018 in a much more positive fashion.

Ricciardo feels they can carry through their late season momentum as they gear up to kick off 2018 at the Australian Grand Prix on March 23.

“I believe so,” Ricciardo said.

“With not many rule changes and stuff, we improved the car quite a lot last year so I guess in principle we should be able to carry that over for this year and kind of keep evolving from there.

“We should be able to fight more often – time will tell. But I am confident.

“I feel there is a good intensity.

“Everyone is not getting too excited, it’s like we know we have got some work to do if we really want to achieve what we want.

“We all know we have some desires to attack this year.”