Daniel Ricciardo has said that his former team-mate Sebastian Vettel may have purposely held him up in the early stages of the Singapore Grand Prix, to try and orchestrate a Ferrari one-two.

At the conclusion of the first lap, Vettel had built a gap of over three seconds to Ricciardo and was able to continually add to the margin as the laps went on. Although once the first safety car had made an appearance and returned to the pits, Vettel seemed to ease off the pressure.

“The start of the race he just went, he realised towards the end of the stint I was coming. I think if it wasn’t for the safety car I would have got pretty close, maybe an undercut was possible,” Ricciardo said.

“The second stint it seemed like he sort of learned from the first and backed us up and just went after that. I think both safety cars came out at a pretty crucial time, nonetheless his pace was good and I think it was quite representative of qualifying. We seemed to be the two quickest cars today.”

Red Bull Racing were always poised to have a strong weekend in Singapore as the nature of the circuit suits the car’s aero package.

“Yeah it’s really good to back it up, we came in here pretty confident. I’m always careful not to be overconfident, but I think the pace we showed all weekend was strong, the race pace was good, I think we matched Seb [Vettel], so we’ve got to be pretty happy with this weekend. It’s nice again to capitalise, Budapest we had a chance, and we got it again here.”

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