Ricciardo joined Renault from Red Bull for this season and he had a rocky start failing to finish in the opening two races of the season. His best result of the season came at the Canadian Grand Prix where he finished sixth but he has had disappointing results in Germany and Hungary lately, which have seen him fall behind in the midfield battle.
With McLaren in a very strong position in the midfield battle, Ricciardo admitted Renault must improve in the second half of the season.
“If I look at Canada, the qualifying, I’d actually say that exceeded some expectation in the first few races,” Ricciardo told RaceFans.
“But then obviously some other races like Austria that was lower than our expectations. So we’ve bounced around in between everything really.
“But now at this halfway point, I think we can say alright, we need to do better. If we want to be on target for podiums in 2020 we need to start making bigger steps in the second half of the year."