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Daniel Ricciardo still hopeful of improved 2016 campaign

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Daniel Ricciardo still has hope he can compete for more than two podiums in 2016 despite the ongoing uncertainty around Red Bull's engine supply.

Red Bull hopes to use some form of Renault power unit next year having gone full circle in discussions with other manufacturers before returning to its current supplier. The team was unimpressed with Renault's upgraded power unit in Brazil, which Ricciardo felt was slower on the straights than the old version.

The team's 2016 power unit looks unlikely to be competitive but Ricciardo, who has only visited the podium in Hungary and Singapore, is confident the team can fare better than it has this year.

"I'll know a bit more when we know what is going to be in the back of the car," Ricciardo told ESPN at the Race of Champions. "Obviously where we are right now it would be hard for us to say 'Yep, we're going to challenge for a title', but at the same time I'd like to think that next year we can get more than two podiums."

Asked when the team is likely to formally announce its 2016 engine plans, he replied: "I'm guessing but I would say around Abu Dhabi. There should be some news by the last race of the year, so I won't promise anything but hopefully in the next week you guys will know something."

Despite suffering with Renault's upgraded power unit in Brazil Ricciardo admits its lack of performance was not too disappointing due to his lowered expectations before taking it.

"We didn't expect much. They were saying it was probably going to be a tenth anyway, in the end it wasn't really the tenth but we had sort of reduced expectations anyway. So it wasn't massively frustrating anyway but of course you always hope that maybe there is something more in it. We'll see what happens in Abu Dhabi and then go from there."