Ricciardo eyes Abu Dhabi podium

20 November 2017 02:03:30 GMTPlus11

Daniel Ricciardo is aiming to secure fourth spot in the Formula 1 drivers' championship by claiming a first podium of his career in Abu Dhabi.

The 28-year-old Red Bull driver, who has eight podium finishes so far in 2017 and won in Azerbaijan, cannot finish any higher than fourth as Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas is 80 points ahead of him in third.

I think we should have a strong car in Abu Dhabi. I said I want another win before the season is out and I think we have a decent chance of achieving that.

Daniel Ricciardo

But Ricciardo is only seven points ahead of Ferarri's Kimi Raikkonen ahead of the season-finale next Sunday and would like to cement his place in fourth with a top-three finish at the Yas Marina Circuit.

"Yas Marina has actually been one of my favourite tracks over the year," he told F1 Today.

"It's been a bit like Suzuka for me though, a track that I've always enjoyed and gone well on but not quite reached the podium at. I broke that trend in Suzuka this year [by finishing third in the Japanese GP] so hopefully I can do the same in Abu Dhabi.

"When you have so much time away from the car in the off season it helps to sign off with a strong result as it makes you feel like you really deserve a break. I think we should have a strong car in Abu Dhabi. I said I want another win before the season is out and I think we have a decent chance of achieving that."

Ricciardo is 19.00 to win in Abu Dhabi next weekend, while drivers' champion Lewis Hamilton is available at 2.00 to end the season on a winning note. 

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