Ricciardo sets the early Singapore pace
DANIEL Ricciardo’s bid to dominate the weekend at one of his favourite circuits got off to a flying start when he twice broke his own lap record to be fastest in early practice for Red Bull at the Singapore Grand Prix.
He had already crushed his lap record from last year by nearly five seconds in the first practice session before going two seconds quicker again in the second session.
The Australian clocked 1min 40.852sec under the floodlights and was confident Red Bull could maintain their speed all weekend.
“I’m not surprised with our performance,” Ricciardo (pictured) said. “It’s important that we obviously keep that for (qualifying) but I have faith that we can perform on this level all weekend.”
Teammate Max Verstappen was second, more than half a second behind, while championship leader Lewis Hamilton was 0.70sec back in third and his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas fourth. It was a disappointing evening session for Ferrari, who were expected to be suited to the 5km street circuit.
Sebastian Vettel, who is sec- ond in the title race, was 11th best 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.
“There is a lot to work on,” Raikkonen said
Ricciardo arrived in Singapore with six podium places in the past nine races. DID RICCIARDO TAKE POLE POSITION OVERNIGHT? COURIERMAIL.COM.AU/SPORT