Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo has set his sights on victory at the Singapore Grand Prix after qualifying on the front row alongside Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.
Red Bull were always expected to have a strong outing in Singapore given the characteristics of the track, the high-downforce nature of the circuit has always suited the aero package Red Bull provide. However, no one was counting on powerhouse Mercedes to so far off the pace.
“It’s definitely our best chance. Coming into the weekend we thought it would be our best chance to back on the podium and obviously today’s result has shown that we’ve backed up the confidence I had in the car and I think the team had coming here,” Ricciardo said.
“To have no Mercedes up here is a surprise to everyone, still a bit of a surprise. I thought they were playing a few card games here yesterday but it seems they are obviously not particularly comfortable here this weekend. It’s good to capitalise on that.”
Mercedes were well off the pace in both the second and third practice sessions, and while they showed glimpses of a reprise in the early parts of qualifying, once the chequered flag dropped Lewis Hamilton was over a second slower than Vettel’s time.
However, tomorrow is a long race and Ricciardo also has to keep a second Ferrari behind in Kimi Raikkonen, as well as his team-mate Daniil Kvyat.
“Second best today but we’ll try to get one more up there tomorrow. It’s always a challenge here: it’s hot, it’s physical, it’s long. Not only is it can the car hold up, it’s a test for the driver and I think that’s fun. Pretty happy with how the weekend has gone.”
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