5 June 2014
F1 Canadian Grand Prix: Ricciardo excited by Mercedes rivalry
Daniel Ricciardo believes Red Bull will struggle to get near Mercedes during this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix
Daniel Ricciardo believes Red Bull will struggle to get near Mercedes during this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix but is excited by potential fireworks between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
Red Bull was close to Mercedes in Monaco a fortnight ago, with Ricciardo closing Hamilton down in the final stint of the race but ultimately unable to snatch second place. With the Mercedes power unit set to be much more influential on the high-speed Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Ricciardo conceded that he doesn't expect to be able to challenge in a similar fashion this weekend.
“I don't think it's going to be as easy - well, not that Monaco is easy - but we'll struggle a bit more to stay close to them here,” Ricciardo said. "Not to be negative or pessimistic, we know the straights are a bit more of a factor here.
"But in saying that it's still a street circuit, still definitely parts of the track where you can let a bit more hang out. It's still a drivers' circuit, but unfortunately we do have a couple more long straights that will probably hurt us a little more than Monaco."
And Ricciardo admitted that he is enjoying watching the battle between the two Mercedes drivers from outside the team.
"Yeah, it's good. It's inevitable, whether you are a team-mate or not and you are fighting for a world title - in particular the fight they are in at the moment - you are fighting just one other person and the competition is going to take over.
"It's normal you are going to have moments of frustration. When you want to be the best these things happen. It's been fun for everyone to watch, but at the same time it's also been blow out a bit, as most things are, but we'll see how they get on.
"Apparently it's been cleared, but it makes me a bit more excited to know if they go for a lunge on one another then it might be interesting."
With Mercedes so dominant, Ricciardo said his focus was not on his final championship position but instead on trying to secure his first race win.
"I haven't looked at the championship. If, at the end of the day, I finish third or fourth, it doesn't really change anything. It's only if you win that it means something. Right now, considering we're a long way from finishing first in the points and a long way from home, it hasn't really crossed my mind.
"It's about doing every race as best as I can, getting on the podium, and I can get to the top spot, that's what I'd love this year, to at least get one of those under my belt."
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