F1: Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo eyeing Abu Dhabi podium


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Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo is hoping to secure a place on the podium at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for the first time in his career.

The Australian has endured a mixed campaign and he looks set to claim fourth spot in the Drivers’ Championship as long as he finishes ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen in Abu Dhabi.

Ricciardo’s best performance at the Yas Marina circuit came in 2014 when he finished fourth and he is targeting a better finish this time around.

The 28-year-old, who is priced at 13.00 to win the Abu Dhabi GP, has always said that the races in Abu Dhabi and Japan are his favourites to drive and he picked up his first podium finish at the latter this season, a feat he hopes to repeat on November 26.

Ricciardo said: “Yas Marina has actually been one of my favourite tracks over the years.

It’s been a bit like Suzuka for me though, a track that I’ve always enjoyed and gone well on but not quite reached the podium at.

“I broke that trend in Suzuka this year so hopefully I can do the same in Abu Dhabi.”

The Red Bull man insists he wants to sign off on a high this term and believes their car will be well suited to the track.

He added: “When you have so much time away from the car in the off-season it helps to sign off with a strong result as it makes you feel like you really deserve a break.

“I think we should have a strong car in Abu Dhabi. I said I want another win before the season is out and I think we have a decent chance of achieving that.”

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