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Ricciardo not ruling out fighting for the title

The Red Bull driver says he may still be in title fight if they can win a couple more races.
Sunday, August 24, 2014

 

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, 24th August, 2014 (F1Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Daniel Ricciardo says it may be possible for him to challenge for the drivers' title if they can win a couple more races. 

 

Ricciardo is currently third in the drivers' title, 64 points behind title leader Nico Rosberg. With double points at the final race in Abu Dhabi, it is mathematically possible for Ricciardo to win the title. 

 

"If I'm within fifth coming into Abu Dhabi then yeah, but there's still a few races to go," Ricciardo said when asked if he felt he was in the title hunt now. 

 

"While it's still mathematically possible, yeah, 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." 

 

The Australian driver believes the simple rear wing the team ran in Belgium helped him win his third race of the year. 

 

"we pretty much came here with a low downforce setting," he said. 

 

"We knew it would maybe affect us a bit in the second sector but we believe the car has a good base of downforce to sort of get through the second sector good enough and then what we lose naturally on the straights,

 

"running this time of wing, was something that put us back in with a fighting chance for sector one and two. 

 

"Yeah, I guess on TV you could see by the images that the rear wing was pretty simple, there wasn't much to it but obviously it was a good package here,"

 

Ricciardo joked that if the rear wing they're taking to the Italian Grand Prix couldn't get any smaller, he'd run the race with the DRS open. 

 

"we'll see if the Mozna wing can get any smaller - I don't know, otherwise we'll just run with DRS open all the time," he said. 

 

 

 

 

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