Daniel Ricciardo accepted “a little bit of defeat” after losing out to Formula 1 rivals Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen during Qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix, however remains confident that he can still get the victory from third on the grid.
Ricciardo looked the man to beat during Friday practice, as he headed both practice sessions yesterday – and has a sizable advantage over team-mate Verstappen in FP2 – however the pendulum swung into Vettel and Max Verstappen’s session – as the Dutchman topped all sessions except the critical Q3, where Vettel took pole.
The pace of Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari, however was unknown during Friday practice, as the four-time world champion had a messy Friday, and was unable to hook up a clean single-lap on the ultra-soft tyres, and brushed the wall in one of his failed attempts. The German made a classic recovery to take pole by over three tenths, from what looked like a Red Bull team who were on course to dominate in Marina Bay.
Despite Vettel being on pole, Ricciardo is confident that one of the Red Bull cars can beat Vettel to victory tomorrow night at Marina Bay, with the strong evident race pace which his team displayed during Friday practice.
“I am still confident we will get victory,” said Ricciardo. “We have a good package. Seb turned it on in qualifying but we will be back tomorrow.”
“Today I will accept a little bit of defeat but there is still a lot to play for. It is on cusp of one or two stops, so it could be exciting.”
“They’re 5kph quicker than us on the straight”
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner believes the Renault powered Red Bull’s power deficit played a key role in the battle for pole position, with the Ferrari cars having faster engine modes in Q3.
“We’re happy with a front row start and third as well.” said Christian Horner, reacting to the Qualifying result on Sky Sports F1.
“The race pace we had yesterday puts us in good stead for tomorrow.
“They’re 5kph quicker than us on the straight but that’s what it is. If we can get a good start, we can hopefully give them a hard time. We have nothing to lose, Seb has a championship to think about.”