After Nico Rosberg's recent retirement, Ricciardo, along with every other top driver in F1, was linked with his seat.
He and his team quickly quashed the speculation and now he has said that he is is a better place going forward.
"I believe so," he told ESPN. "If you were a betting man you would say, 'well, why wouldn't Mercedes win again?' but I honestly believe [Red Bull is a better place to be].
"Also because we are the opposite of complacent right now. We are so motivated, we have everything behind us and I feel like it will be a massive push with a lot of energy.
"With [engine supplier] Renault it really feels like they have fed off their improvements this year and everyone is just like '2017, let's go and push it up'. Obviously, compared to Mercedes, you know they will be quick, but maybe they have the ability to become a bit complacent, whereas we are the opposite of that right now."
Bahrain International Circuit - Winter testing