Despite the troubles engine supplier Renault are dealing with on the eve of the 2014 Formula One season, former F1 World Champion Alan Jones believes Daniel Ricciardo is a chance to finish the season in the top three, and possibly even make the podium in Australia.

It’s quite obvious to fans that the Red Bull Racing outfit do tend to favour Ricciardo’s teammate Sebastian Vettel, as was highlighted numerous times when fellow countryman Mark Webber raced for the team.

Alan Jones, 1980 F1 World Champion

Alan Jones, 1980 F1 World Champion

“All Daniel has to do is sit back, look, learn and listen. At the end of the day, no one is expecting miracles from him this year. They all know exactly what the situation is. So anything he does will be good,” Jones said.

Focusing on this weekend at the Australian Grand Prix, Jones believes Ricciardo has a chance to make the podium.

“I think reliability will be the major issue, I believe the Red Bulls are very, very quick but at this point in time, I believe they are very unreliable,” he said.

“That’s going to be an issue, but if he has reliability, I think he will definitely finish in the top six and there is a chance for him to finish on the podium.”

Ricciardo enters Red Bull Racing with two and a half seasons of Formula One racing under his belt, having spent two years with sister team Toro Rosso, and half a season with the former Hispania Racing Team.

Even though he’ll have all eyes on him at his home Grand Prix, many following the pre-season tests are predicting a Mercedes dominated weekend and essentially writing off the Renault powered cars.

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