Thursday, 14 December, 2017

Ricciardo tops practice for Singapore Grand Prix

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Frank Williams | 18 September, 2017, 08:19

Ricciardo, who was targeting a dominant weekend for Red Bull after his Friday form, was disappointed to qualify only third with a time of 1:39.840. Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were also 1-2 in Q1 and Q2, but the Scuderia upped the ante in the all-important top-ten shootout.

At Monaco Kimi Raikkonen led a Ferrari front-row lockout in qualifying but third-placed Bottas set a time within a tenth of the Finn's benchmark.

It was Vettel's fourth pole position in Singapore - but he had to work for it, and admitted over the team radio that he had "touched the wall badly".

"Partnering Lewis has also been really good, and I'm enjoying the respect we have and the will to push this team forward", Bottas said ahead of this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix.

"I love this track". The auto was tricky but it came alive and it was getting better and better as the night progressed. "We have a lot of races, a lot of time to get points, and then we see the count at the end". "I know the challenge tomorrow will potentially be stronger from Ferrari and Mercedes, but I'm confident we can stay there".

"It's just our auto does not like this characteristics of this circuit and it's something we need to improve for next year".

"Red Bull will be fast and it is known that it is not going to be the easiest of weekends for us", said Hamilton yesterday.

Lewis Hamilton 'threw sink at it' for fifth
Asked if he is confident of a podium finish on Sunday, Hamilton, who won here in 2009 and 2014, said: "I'm not really one for confidence".

"You can't overtake on this track, and the cars are wider so positioning is definitely very important".

With the onus on him to respond, Vettel delivers an emphatic pole position, to out-qualify the two Red Bulls who occupy the top three.

Sebastian Vettel may well come to rue the errant turn of the steering wheel that triggered the first-corner collision taking the German out of the Singapore Grand Prix and wrecking his hopes of regaining the overall championship lead.

"God blessed me today, for sure".

Vettel may well come to see Singapore as the race that swung the balance. It rained very heavily before the start of the race, negating the pace advantage Ferrari and Red Bull seemed to have in dry conditions. I gave it everything. Its not easy to overtake here, but I like this track. It was probably good that I had a bad start. "Sebastian has Verstappen next to him, so anything can happen at the start".

McLaren impressed with Fernando Alonso in fourth and Stoffel Vandoorne fifth.

Jolyon Palmer of Renault too came up with a spirited drive to finish sixth, his best ever, from 11th on the grid.

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