Melbourne — For Daniel Ricciardo, his home Australian Grand Prix has been an exasperating mix of desperately willing fans and mostly unwilling cars. In 2018, however, the Red Bull driver feels a record of frustration could end with a long-awaited podium at Albert Park on Sunday. Red Bull were buoyed by preseason testing and Mercedes’ four-times champion Lewis Hamilton has tipped them as possibly the team to beat. It is a refreshing feeling for Ricciardo, whose pride at flying the flag for Australian racing at his home track has been spiked with anxiety over his car’s reliability in the past three years. "Yep, we had a good winter, I think it’s all there in front of us now," Ricciardo said at Albert Park on Thursday. "I think we’re still the top three teams. Merc [Mercedes] and Ferrari and us. I think we’re still going to be leading the pack for now, so yeah, hopefully we’re deep in that front group and have a chance to stand on that podium." Ricciardo has already stood on the podium...

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