Ricciardo making his case for Red Bull

Ricciardo making his case for Red Bull

It has been a difficult year for Scuderia Toro Rosso so far, but after an unconvincing first half of the season, Australian Daniel Ricciardo is potentially laying the foundations for a Red Bull move in a not too distant future

Daniel Ricciardo emerges from the pits after his final pitstop in the Japanese Grand Prix on fresh, hard Pirellis in 11th place. Having earlier battled valiantly with Red Bull stablemate Mark Webber, who was charging through the field, the Australian is in the hunt for a rare point.

Two laps later, Mercedes driver Michael Schumacher takes to the pits for his last stop. Ricciardo now holds the all-important 10th place. At the end of Schumacher's out-lap, he is 9.305 seconds behind the Toro Rosso. Having started on the hard tyres, he is on fresh softs and begins slashing into Ricciardo's lead. Over the following laps, the gap closes dramatically:

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