Daniel Ricciardo is confident Red Bull Racing can do well in the Singapore Grand Prix this weekend and says it is probably one of their “best chances of a win in the second half of the season”.
Ricciardo has already won once this season after taking an opportunistic triumph in Azerbaijan, and with the Marina Bay Street Circuit known to be rather tricky – and less power critical than Monza last time out – the Aussie is buoyant about his prospects with the Renault-powered RB13.
“I believe Singapore won’t be our only chance but is one of our best chances of a win in the second half of the season,” he confirmed.
“You have to build up speed a little slower in the practice sessions on a street circuit like Singapore. At some point you have to start taking risks but to do that straight away doesn’t make sense,” he added.
Ricciardo has taken five other podiums so far this season – in addition to his Azerbaijan victory – and having finished second in ‘the Lion City’ in 2016 and 2015, as well as third in 2014, he is now eyeing up the top step.
“I’ve started second and finished second at this track in the last two years, with fastest lap both times, so my aim this year is definitely to start on pole and try to go one better in the race,” he emphasised.
Meanwhile, team-mate Max Verstappen will be hoping for a change in fortune after a season blighted by bad luck and mechanical issues. To date the Dutchman has managed just one solitary rostrum – in China at the start of the year.
“I’m looking forward to getting to Singapore. The race has been a strong one for us in the past and I think we should be able to challenge for a podium this year,” he remarked.
“The night race and hot temperatures really test you to the limit and for me Singapore is physically the hardest race of the season. I have been preparing already for a few weeks doing heat training in the sauna and getting ready to sweat so I can cope with the heat in both Singapore and Malaysia [the following race].
“The track itself has a lot of corners which is why I enjoy driving there and like most street circuits it’s pretty bumpy which makes it even more challenging.”
— Red Bull Racing (@redbullracing) September 12, 2017