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Daniel Ricciardo predicts 'very competitive' Red Bull at Spa

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Daniel Ricciardo is hopeful Red Bull can challenge Mercedes for victory at this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix.

Red Bull remains the only team other than Mercedes to have taken a grand prix win in 2016 -- courtesy of Max Verstappen's victory at Barcelona -- while it completed a double podium finish at the German Grand Prix with both Ricciardo and Verstappen beating Nico Rosberg to the rostrum.

The Milton Keynes-based outfit next came closest to toppling Mercedes at Monaco but, other than Hockenheim, has been embroiled in a fight with Ferrari over second place in the constructors' standings, which Red Bull currently occupies by 14-points heading into Spa.

Asked whether he thinks Red Bull can take the fight to Mercedes in Belgium, Ricciardo replied: "I would hope so. The race pace in Hockenheim was good. Budapest we were there a bit, and then they sort of turned it up.

"But Hockenheim, Lewis was still controlling it, but I don't think that they were that much quicker. So I don't think Hockenheim suits us anymore than this track."

With Lewis Hamilton set to serve a sizeable grid penalty for a power unit change, the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix winner hopes Red Bull can capitalise on the prospect of fighting just a single Mercedes in Sunday's race.

"If we can just keep nailing the set up and get the car in the window where it works well, and maybe if there is just one Mercedes in front, if we can put a bit of pressure on him, and jump him at the start or something, then I really think we can do something about it.

"So let's see. I don't want to forget Ferrari. They are going to still be there. We've got the upper hand on them in the last few races, but there will still be some races where they turn it on as well. It is going to be an interesting weekend, but I do think if I am happy with the car then we will be very competitive."