Ricciardo eyes title challenge

By on Sunday, August 24, 2014
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Daniel Ricciardo says that he will keep fighting for the title until it is mathematically impossible as he claimed his third victory of the year at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Ricciardo took advantage of a collision between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg to notch up the maximum 25 points, and move to within 64 of Rosberg.

"If I'm within 50 coming into Abu Dhabi then yeah, but there's still a few races to go," he said when asked whether he considers himself a title contender.

"While it's still mathematically possible we'll keep fighting. Today was a big day for that.

"To come and steal some points on a circuit where let's say we weren't supposed to is nice but I think what's important, looking ahead, is to capitalise on the circuits that we should be strong on and if we can take maximum points, let's say, at a couple of those then it's never over."

Ricciardo believes that having won three of this year's 12 races, he has exceeded expectations during his first year with Red Bull.

"Obviously for me it's great, it's what I wanted to achieve, to get some race wins," he said.

"To have three in 12 races I think has exceeded a few expectations. Let's say the in-team battle has gone really well. Obviously I've showed speed throughout qualifying and also races now.

"I've demonstrated good racecraft and good consistency so I think let's say the team has been really pleased and I've been pleased so we're in a good place. I'm enjoying it more than ever. Each race that goes on I'm having more and more fun so yeah, just having a good time."

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