Daniel Ricciardo is aiming to improve in qualifying as he looks to challenge for the Formula 1 title in 2018.

Ricciardo eyes qualifying improvements

Ricciardo eyes qualifying improvements

The 28-year-old Red Bull driver finished 2017 in fifth position in the Drivers' standings, 32 points ahead of team-mate Max Verstappen, but over 100 points adrift of champion Lewis Hamilton in his Mercedes, Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Mercedes' third-placed Valtteri Bottas.

Despite picking up more points than Verstappen, Ricciardo only out-qualified him on seven occasions throughout the campaign.

The Australian pointed out that the Dutch driver's early season reliability problems, which forced him to retire from several races, kept him ahead in the standings and he is keen to improve on that area of the race weekend next year.

"I can't deny that Max was better more times than not in qualifying this year," he said. "And qualifying has always been a strength of mine.

"I've definitely got to lift my game in qualifying. The first part of that is to understand what I didn't execute as well this year as last."

Ricciardo added: "It could decide pole, it could decide a championship. We've got to fight for everything. And that's good.

"In the past, with some team-mates, you might perhaps get away with a little mistake here and there and still come out on top. Not anymore.

"We keep the pressure on each other. This year I think Max and I both feel that any mistake in qualifying means we're going to be second best."