Daniel Ricciardo believes that Red Bull would require a bit of luck to snatch pole position away from Mercedes in Singapore.

While Red Bull led a 1-2 in the first practice session earlier in the afternoon, Mercedes returned to the top of the leader board by over two-tenths of a second to the next best finisher Kimi Raikkonen.

“I think tomorrow it’s still anyone’s qualifying, really out of us top six anyone can do it,” Ricciardo said after Friday practice.

“For me I still would like to try a few more things tonight with the set up so that we have the few changes for tomorrow and I think that will help.”

“I think at the moment we’re not quite there where we need to be, I think we’re close enough, I think with what we’ve got we’d probably have to get a little bit lucky to snatch pole. I think we need to just find a little bit more in the set up, I know the car quite well now so I know there’s a few things on it which can be better.”

Ricciardo didn’t have the cleanest of practice session during FP1, when he clipped the wall and spun early in the session, although the Australian still believes there’s time to be made before tomorrow’s qualifying session.

“The last sector I lost quite a bit, the rear gets a hard time as the lap goes on, I think there we can improve so we’ll look at how the tyres are behaving and try and understand a bit more for tomorrow. If we can hold a better pace in the last sector, then we’ll be pretty strong.

“The ultra-soft is a funny one. It is so straightforward. You think you have the grip and it goes away. So we will look into it. We lost a lot quite a lot in the last sector. I could feel that it was a bit scrappy, but there are probably some things I could improve there. But we can get quite a bit from the set up.”

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