Ricciardo targets podium from fifth

By on Saturday, November 1, 2014
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Daniel Ricciardo believes that he can fight for the podium at the United States Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver qualified in fifth position but is confident of taking the fight for third place to the Williams drivers, with Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa set to line-up ahead of the Australian.

"[It was] very close to Felipe, ahead of him would be good but realistically fifth is good," he told Sky Sports.

"Third is what we’re fighting for in the race, so fifth is close enough to third to achieve that. [The] lap itself was pretty good, clean side of the grid should help us get a good start.

"I think around this sort of area where we’re starting is fine, I hope there’s some good fights tomorrow. Mercedes will do their own thing but between ourselves, Williams and Ferrari and McLaren it should be good."

Team-mate Sebastian Vettel will start from the pit lane after taking a sixth Power Unit. He participated in qualifying but set an academic time, good enough for 17th.

"I think we can move up, our race pace seems okay, but it will be tight," he said. "It will be difficult to overtake, as we don’t have the ideal straight line speed, hopefully we can get some points tomorrow. Seventh would be a good result."

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