The Australian has been hamstrung by an unreliable and down on power Renault power unit, which has halted his progress this year after a breakthrough 2014 season.
Renault's deficiencies has seen the Red Bull squad begin a search for a new engine supplier after instigating a contract termination with the French manufacturer a year early.
After experiencing a season littered by engine problems, Ricciardo says his priority is be able to fight for victories next year.
“My preference is what's fastest whichever is going to give us the better chance of victory is what I want,” said Ricciardo.
“If it gets us a better chance to win, I don't really care what it is at this stage.”
While talk of Red Bull's engine situation for 2016 has dominated the headlines, this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix represents a chance for Ricciardo to challenge for a podium finish.
The tight and technical Marina Bay circuit is expected to suit the Red Bull RB11 and lessen the advantage held by Mercedes powered teams.
“(Singapore) is definitely one that will suit us a lot more,” added Ricciardo.
“It is just max downforce and it is what we are normally better at. Ferrari will still be strong and hard for us to beat. But we should be close.
“Friday will be a telltale sign if we are there or thereabouts. If we start on the right foot then we will be there. It is a bit like Budapest – from FP1 we were there, and we more or less hung with Ferrari all weekend.”
Opening practice for the Singapore Grand Prix is scheduled to begin at 8pm (AEST).