Daniel Ricciardo believes Red Bull have a real chance of finishing on the Abu Dhabi podium on Sunday after his last-gasp qualifying effort put him fourth on the grid between the two Ferraris.
After his first Q3 run Ricciardo had been trailing not only the scarlet cars of Sebastian Vettela and Kimi Raikkonen, but also that of team mate Max Verstappen. However, an epic late lap vaulted him from P6 to P4.
“We felt Q3 run one was pretty bad luck and I felt like we understood why,” explained the Australian. “We put a good one together in the last run, jumped the Ferrari and the second row is close enough to fight tomorrow.”
Asked if there was now a genuine chance of a podium at Yas Marina, Ricciardo insisted there was certainly an opportunity. If he does it, it will be his 10th top-three finish of the year and will almost certainly secure him fourth place in 2017’s final driver standings.