Daniel Ricciardo says Red Bull can challenge for victory during the Singapore Grand Prix, after he matched his best qualifying result in Formula 1 with second place.
Ricciardo finished behind only former team-mate Sebastian Vettel in qualifying at Marina Bay and reckons that he can provide a test to the German in race trim, as he chases his first win in over a year.
"Qualifying was exciting and to have no Mercedes up here [in the top three] is a surprise, so we will definitely try to capitalise on that," he said.
"I’m really happy for the team as we have definitely made a load of progress, since Silverstone and particularly since Budapest.
"Today’s result backs up the confidence I had in the car. We’ll be aiming for the win, as that’s where the points are and the champagne is. Seb put himself out of reach, so we are second best for today and we’ll try and go one better tomorrow."
Ricciardo was backed up by team-mate Daniil Kvyat, who secured his best grid spot with fourth.
"Obviously as a driver you always want more but we’ll do our best to get as many points in the race as we can," he said.
"The red cars are looking strong but we will take the fight to them during the race. It’s a long race and we will have to be patient."