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F1 US GP: Red Bull ‘looking good’ as Ricciardo challenges Mercedes

Could a conservative Mercedes open the door for Red Bull to challenge for victory in Austin this weekend? Daniel Ricciardo hopes so...
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Daniel Ricciardo believes Red Bull stands a chance at pressuring Mercedes in the United States Grand Prix after getting between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton in free practice at the Circuit of the Americas.

A venue that in part plays to the strengths of the nimble Red Bull RB12, Ricciardo had previously predicted the car could go well in Austin and appeared to demonstrate as much in FP2 as he split the Mercedes' with a 1min 37.552s lap.

Though impressive on the timesheets, it was Ricciardo's long run pace that generated more excitement and leads him to believe he could be a genuine contender for victory come Sunday.

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“It was a good day,” he proclaimed. “The low fuel pace, I think it was OK, it looks good on the timesheets but I think we could still find a little bit more but I am sure Mercedes will have more too. Looking at where Ferrari is it was a solid day and more so our long run pace, we were pretty happy with that.

“It felt like we got some consistent laps out of it and we were able to really chip away the whole day. We made progress from FP1 and I am pretty happy with where we have ended up. Hopefully not too much on tonight, fine tuning should do it.”

Indeed, Ricciardo is hoping Mercedes eagerness not to interfere with Rosberg and Hamilton's drivers' title battle will also offer Red Bull a chance.

“You can definitely overtake here. If we got the pace we had today against Mercedes on Sunday then it is going to be a fun race. We will have some overtaking ahead of us, let's see.

“I am not sure where they are with engines and how conservative they are running but today we looked good. We will see what happens over the next 48 hours.”



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