Ricciardo aiming to challenge Mercedes duo

By on Saturday, September 20, 2014
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Red Bull/Getty Images

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo says he plans to take the fight to Mercedes pair Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in the Singapore Grand Prix.

Ricciardo was third fastest in qualifying, two-tenths of a second behind pole sitter Hamilton.

While wary that the confines of a street circuit could restrict his progress, Ricciardo is nonetheless sure that he can challenge the Mercedes duo.

"Coming into the weekend we thought that if we could be within two or three tenths of Mercedes then there was a realistic chance to stay with them in the race," he said.

"We actually ended up closer to them than we thought in qualifying, so that’s good. If the start goes okay then it’s about trying to be smart and doing something with the strategy.

"If I can get close, then I’ll have a go, I haven’t been shy doing that this year, but it’s difficult on a street circuit. It’s close to home here and it’s nice to see a few Aussie flags in the crowd. Hopefully we can get a podium result for them tomorrow."


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