Daniel Ricciardo: The aim for Mexico is to apply pressure to McLaren
Renault's Daniel Ricciardo is aiming to outscore the McLarens during Sunday's Mexican Grand Prix in the hope of applying some additional pressure for the remaining races.
Renault and engine customer McLaren are locked in a battle over fourth place, and whilst it's swung in each team's favour over the course of the season, McLaren has begun to stretch a lead in recent races, opening the gap up to 34 points ahead of this weekend.
But with four races left, a bad weekend for McLaren and a strong haul of points for Renault could change that drastically, which is what Ricciardo is hoping for.
"The pole position last year was pretty memorable," said the Australian, who took pole for Red Bull in 2018, but knows simply making it into Q3 this year will be an achievement. "It was an exciting lap, putting it all together at the end; it was special.
"If we can get into Q3 and be first of the midfield this weekend then that will be pretty good too.
"We’ve been on a disappointing run recently so we deserved the result in Japan. We’re aiming to carry some momentum now into Mexico.
"The target is to better the McLarens and outscore them to keep the pressure on. Let’s go Mexico!"
Renault qualified seventh and eighth last season, well ahead of both McLarens in 12th and 17th, but with McLaren now nipping at the heels of the big three this year, Renault will have a tough time beating them.