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Published: 13:59 | 16/7/16

Red Bull expect Ricciardo's luck to change

Red Bull boss Christian Horner believes Daniel Ricciardo's current run of bad luck will change soon.

Ricciardo has now been outscored in three of the last four races by new team-mate Max Verstappen, after a series of team blunders and mishaps.

The Australian could have won two grands prix this season, in Spain and in Monaco, only to miss out because of a poor strategy call in Barcelona and a pit mix-up in Monte Carlo.

And, at the British Grand Prix last weekend, Ricciardo was overtaken by Force India's Sergio Perez during the pitstops after the virtual safety call came out.

However, Horner insists Ricciardo is dealing with "the run of the green" very well, and says his luck will soon change.

"He's going to have a couple of Sundays come up where everything will fall his way, I'm sure. It's swings and roundabouts," Horner said.

"Daniel is a class driver, he has demonstrated already this year that he is at the top of his game.

"No team-mate likes being the second of the cars to finish. I'm sure he'll respond positively."

18-year-old Verstappen says is enjoying the battle with his "very quick" team-mate Ricciardo.

“You shouldn’t forget I’m driving next to someone who’s very quick, so it’s a different approach for me now,” he told Autosport.

“I have to up my game compared to where I was before in Toro Rosso because he [Ricciardo] is very quick.”

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