Ricciardo hoping supersofts puts them in the fight

Daniel Ricciardo is hoping Red Bull’s supersoft tyre strategy will put them in the mix for victory against Mercedes – who will be using ultrasofts – in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

Ricciardo put in a monster final lap to snatch P3 away from Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen in qualifying, while his team-mate Max Verstappen placed sixth behind Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

"It was a pretty slow starting qualifying session for me but we sort of chipped  away at it and then in Q3, obviously when it mattered, I put in some good times," said the Aussie driver.

"I'm happy, third was the target and hopefully I'll be somewhere around there as well tomorrow."

Looking ahead to tomorrow, Ricciardo said: "We've got to try something, I think.”

"It seems to be the trend this year obviously. If we're in a position to qualify on a different tyre , then we'll try and see if it gives us an opportunity.

"We'll see what it does tomorrow, but hopefully it puts us in the fight."

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