Daniel Ricciardo says Red Bull has to "attack" in every race in order to get close to Mercedes, but still believes it's "game on" in the title race.

Back-to-back victories in Hungary and Belgium moved Ricciardo in to title contention as Mercedes hit trouble, but Lewis Hamilton's victory at Monza ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg has left Ricciardo 72 points off the lead. Ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix, Ricciardo says he still feels in with a chance but says Red Bull has to maintain an attacking approach to put pressure on the leaders.

"As far as I'm concerned it is game on but my approach or mentality won't change and hasn't really changed since the start of the year," Ricciardo said. "If we can take the win we take it and if it brings me closer to the leader then obviously that's a good thing.

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"The approach from now I think is just to attack and get as much as we can and that won't change. I think that's what we're going to need to do to get close to the Mercedes."

And Ricciardo wants to be able to challenge Mercedes for victory in Singapore on pure pace, but says he expects to be comfortably the second fastest team on Friday morning.

"I guess I'm expecting a podium. I think we've got to aim for that really, especially if we want to stay in the title hunt. If I'm to make a prediction I think we'll be the second-best team out of the box tomorrow, the question is how close we can get to Mercedes.

"I definitely think we're going to be closer than Monza, this is obviously a track which should help us out a bit more. If we can be within a couple of tenths then that would be a good result and that will mean we can race with them on Sunday. And then I expect to be a couple of tenths in front of the next best, but that's my prediction. So all going well we should be on the podium."