Ric­cia­rdo sets fast pace in Sin­ga­pore

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport - Sin­ga­pore

DANIEL Ric­cia­rdo twice broke his own lap record to go fastest in prac­tice for Red Bull at the Sin­ga­pore Grand Prix.

Ric­cia­rdo had al­ready crushed his lap record from last year by nearly five sec­onds in the af­ter­noon’s first prac­tice, and then went two sec­onds quicker in the sec­ond prac­tice.

The Aus­tralian clocked 1 minute, 40.852 sec­onds un­der the flood­lights and was con­fi­dent Red Bull could keep it go­ing all week­end.

“I’m not sur­prised with our per­for­mance,” Ric­cia­rdo said.

“I’m af­ter a dom­i­nant week­end and so far this has been a good start. It’s im­por­tant that we ob­vi­ously keep that for to­mor­row but I have faith that we can per­form on this level all week­end.”

Team­mate Max Ver­stap­pen was sec­ond, more than half a sec­ond be­hind, cham­pi­onship leader Lewis Hamil­ton was .70 back in third, and his Mercedes team­mate Valt­teri Bot­tas fourth. It was a dis­ap­point­ing evening ses­sion for Fer­rari, which was ex­pected to dom­i­nate on the sinewy five-kilo­me­tre street cir­cuit.

Se­bas­tian Vet­tel, who is sec­ond in the ti­tle race, could man­age only the 11th best time and team­mate Kimi Raikko­nen was ninth.

Vet­tel, how­ever, set his time us­ing a slower tyre com­pound in P2. In P1, he was sec­ond to Ric­cia­rdo, Ver­stap­pen was third and Hamil­ton fourth.

“It was a dif­fi­cult day and not a lot of things made sense,” Raikko­nen said.

Vet­tel looked shaky and brushed the wall com­ing out of a rou­tine turn. “I was very lucky I could con­tinue,” Vet­tel said.

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