Ricciardo: Red Bull making inroads

Date published: August 28 2016

Daniel Ricciardo believes Red Bull are “definitely” making inroads into Mercedes’ advantage.

The Australian racer claimed a lonely second place result in Sunday’s Belgian GP as he split the Mercedes drivers.

However, it could have been a very different outcome as his RB12 sustained front wing damaged in the opening lap carnage.

“It was pretty cool,” he said of his Sunday afternoon at Spa.

“It was pretty messed up at the start with the Virtual Safety Car and the red flag.

“We knew we had a bit of damage from the first corner but we fixed the front wing and got back out.

“It was a bit of a race by myself but I enjoy the pace and obviously to keep Lewis behind was a good achievement today.”

He finished the 44-lap grand prix 14 seconds behind race winner Nico Rosberg, and held off Lewis Hamilton in the final stint.

The Brit was unable to make any serious inroads into Ricciardo’s advantage in the final stint of the race.

Ricciardo added: “Three podiums in a row, so we’re definitely making inroads. Our pace wasn’t too bad and we held our own quite well.

“Monza will probably be our most challenging circuit in the remainder of the season, but then we’ve got Singapore and Suzuka.”