Daniel Ricciardo says the next two grands prix will be crucial to his hopes of taking the title race down to Abu Dhabi.

A Mercedes one-two in the Italian Grand Prix - while Ricciardo could only finish fifth - has left him 72 points off the lead of the championship which is currently held by Nico Rosberg. However, Ricciardo believes the upcoming tracks will give him opportunities to put pressure on the top two having won three races already this season.

"Singapore and Suzuka are two that we're really looking forward to," Ricciardo said. I still expect Mercedes to be strong at every circuit for the rest of the year but I guess the question is 'Can we be as quick as them?' I think Singapore and Suzuka are our two best shots at that. Maybe we can actually get a pole and win at one of those, but they're our best chance at the next few."

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While Ricciardo admits his title hopes are "distant", he says he is still aiming to keep in the frame until the final race where double points are on offer.

"Ideally if we could head to Abu Dhabi within 50 points and have a chance then I think that will be a huge achievement no matter what happens. To even just get to the last race and still be in with a shot would be awesome, which is the aim, but the approach is still race-by-race.

"I'm aware the title is distant, but we've some tracks now that suit us, and I've won some races this year so I know if I get in that position I've got a good chance of doing it again. All it takes is a couple of wins and a couple of bad races for the championship leader and all of a sudden everything's possible again, so let's see what happens."