While a first Formula One title seems beyond him right now, Daniel Ricciardo has insisted that he will do everything possible to make life tougher for both Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.

The Australian Red Bull star is fourth on the standings with 107 points – 64 behind Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel – ahead of this weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Vettel has already opened up a 20-point gap at the top between himself and Hamilton and has already been marked by many bookmakers the favourite to win the drivers’ championship this season.

While Friday’s practice was dominated by the Mercedes cars driven by Valtteri Bottas and Hamilton, who ended ahead of Ferrari duo Kimi Raikkonen and Vettel, Ricciardo remained positive about earning a sixth consecutive podium finish despite finishing sixth on the day.

“I’m still confident that we can fight for a podium on Sunday but we need to make a few improvements to make that happen,” Ricciardo said.

“Seb is a good driver and this is where he is at his best. When he has good equipment and is in this kind of situation is when he is at his best – so for sure he has got the chance to win the title.

“I think we saw in Austria he was second and extended his lead but he was still pretty pissed off and I think he knows this is an opportunity for him to get the fifth title.”

Red Bull didn’t have the best of starts to the campaign this year, curtailing any realistic hope that Ricciardo may have had of becoming the first Australian world champion since Alan Jones in 1980, but the 28-year-old is determined to push the top two right up until the end of the season.

“Not much changes for me now, ” Ricciardo told AAP.

“I try and maintain the level of pressure on the front guys, keep them guessing and hopefully keep on top of the podium.

“Some people talk about the championship but it’s still way too early and I’m still 60-70 points off Seb, so I am definitely not thinking about that.

“I’ll just keep trying to maximise and if the others want to crash in front of me they can.”

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