Daniel Ricciardo is hoping to end his Red Bull career by beating the Ferraris in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The 29-year-old will bring down the curtain on his five-year Red Bull stint in the UAE before switching to Renault for 2019.
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It has been a tough year for the Australian, who has won two grands prix but not made the podium in any of the other races.
Reliability has been the problem, with eight retirements this year, and he will hope for better fortunes on Sunday after qualifying in fifth spot.
Beating the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas might be a step too far, but Ricciardo has his sights set on the Italian team’s duo. “I’ll be looking at both Ferraris on the start, try and climb my way to a podium,” he said. “Race pace is good, even if we hang there we can try and undercut or something, so we’ll give it a go.”
However, the Aussie ace has made it clear he will not drive recklessly in order to go out on a high, adding: “I’m always prepared so I’m not going to say I’ll take more risks than I normally do.”