Mercedes expect to get back on terms with Red Bull

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Mercedes executive director Toto Wolff believes the team will fare better after moving on from the low-downforce tracks of Spa and Monza.

The team have lost ground in the championship since Lewis Hamilton’s victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix. Ferrari overtook them in the constructors’ title race at Monza.

“This weekend’s race in Singapore begins a gruelling series of seven races in ten weekends for the team and we are all focused on regaining some of the momentum we lost at the past two races,” said Wolff.

“We expect the return to maximum downforce configuration to suit our car and we may see another shift in the competitive order between the teams.”

The Italian Grand Prix was the first race since Malaysia not to feature a Mercedes on the front row of the grid. The team have upgrades planned for this weekend as they seek to restore their advantage:

“We will bring new developments to the car once again for this race,” said Wolff, “we are all focused on maximizing the opportunities for both Lewis [Hamilton] and Nico [Rosberg], in order to re-establish ourselves in second position in the constructors’ standings.”

Mercedes are three points behind Ferrari and 107 behind Red Bull.

Daniel Ricciardo would relish being Lewis Hamilton’s teammate

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BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Daniel Ricciardo says he would relish the challenge of having Lewis Hamilton as his teammate if he joins Mercedes next year.

Ricciardo is out of contract at Red Bull at the end of the season and expressed interest in joining teams like Mercedes or Ferrari to help him challenge for the championship.

The Australian says he would “love to obviously be challenged against the best and Lewis is obviously up there.”

He adds: “I don’t want to say it’s just Lewis I’m looking for but that would be a good challenge.”

Ricciardo says he won’t accept a faster car if it means playing second fiddle to an established star.

He says “there’s always been really good clarity and fairness (at Red Bull) … and I would expect that environment everywhere.”