Ricciardo has done a pretty good job actually. He isn’t an extremely aggressive driver like Hamilton, he is more Button esq, he is learning the car and putting in more and more competitive drives.
Daniel has now out qualified Liuzzi two races in a row and if not for his mechanical DNF’s would have out driven him too.
He outplaced Liuzzi today at Singapore (despite losing his front wing on lap 1) and overall has been going very well. I expect Daniel to be ahead for the remainder of the season.
The reason he is at HRT is so he can learn the F1 process and imo to come from no experience to out qualifying and out performing your team mate in a few races is a job pretty well done imo.