Rosberg: Ricciardo a 'serious rival' for title
3 September 2014 – Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has said Daniel Ricciardo is now a "serious rival" for the title and that he will be keeping a "close eye" on him in the remaining races.
Ricciardo took his third win of the season in Belgium last time out, capitalising on the collision between team-mates Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton on the second lap.
While the Australian himself insisted recently he was "staying grounded" and will not get carried away with talk he has an outside chance of becoming champion, Rosberg believes he is a threat.
"Ricciardo's win in Belgium saw him close the gap to Lewis and I in the drivers' standings. He is doing a great job this season and he is a serious rival for title so we must keep a close eye on him and Red Bull in the remaining six races," said Rosberg in his column for the Daily Mail ahead of this Sunday's Italian Grand Prix.
As for the race at Monza itself, the German added he will be going all out for another victory to extend his championship lead. He is currently 29 points up on Hamilton and 64 ahead of Ricciardo.
"All I can say is that I am feeling good and I am in full-on attack mode heading into this weekend's Italian Grand Prix at Monza," he explained.
"The team is doing such an awesome job in developing our car and making it faster and faster. So every race I have the chance to be on pole position and win, which is a very special feeling."