Daniel Ricciardo insists he is ‘staying grounded’ despite suggestions he could still sneak the drivers’ title out from under the noses of the warring Mercedes team-mates of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
Ricciardo, in his first season with Red Bull, recorded his third victory of the season at the Belgian Grand Prix, profiting from the early clash between the Mercedes team-mates to cut the gap to title leader Rosberg to 64 points with seven races, including the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix which offers double points, still remaining.
Asked if he could consider himself an outside bet for the world championship this season, Ricciardo said: “If I am within 50 points coming into Abu Dhabi then yeah, but there is still a few races to go.
“While it is still mathematically possible we will keep fighting. The win here was a big day for that. To come and steal some points on a circuit where we were not supposed to win is nice.
“We are really motivated right now,” he added. “It has been a really good day for us. It will keep us smiling for a while, but at the same time we will stay grounded.
“I think what is important, looking ahead, is to capitalise on the circuits that we should be strong on and if we can take maximum points at a couple of those then it is never over.”
“If we can collect maximum points around here it gives us a bit more hope for the circuits that are going to come later in the season: Singapore, Suzuka, just a couple to mention.
“Monza we know will be tricky again but obviously the package we brought here was pretty racy, so, we will try and take something from here to Monza and then I think, as I said, Singapore and Suzuka will be pretty good for us.”
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