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Ricciardo disappointed after third-straight P2 finish in Singapore

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Daniel Ricciardo was left disappointed after finishing second in the Singapore Grand Prix for the third year in a row, having boldly predicted Red Bull would take Formula 1 victory after qualifying.

Ricciardo set the pace through practice before qualifying third, but felt Red Bull’s long-run pace would give it an edge over pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel.

Rain in the lead-up to the start forced all driver to start on intermediate tires, with Ricciardo dodging a clash between Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen to run second early on.

Despite taking a free pit stop and having fresher tires than race leader Lewis Hamilton in the damp, Ricciardo was unable to catch the Mercedes driver, with the switch to slicks and two safety car periods also not being enough to bring him into contention.

“I can’t win the bloody thing, I’m trying, I’m trying!” Ricciardo joked on the podium, having also finished second in 2015 and 2016.

“Today, we don’t have probably that Friday pace we showed in practice to have the pace on Mercedes, so a little bit disappointed obviously to miss out on a win.

“I’ve still got to be pretty grateful and happy with another podium.”

Montreal Mayor cancels Formula E’s planned season four finale

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New Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante has cancelled the FIA Formula E Championship’s planned season four finale, which was set for two races on July 28 and 29, 2018, citing what was termed a “financial fiasco.”

Plante was elected to replace Denis Coderre in the role, and didn’t follow Coderre’s support of the event.

She announced the news today citing financial and logistical challenges she didn’t feel the city could overcome.

Via a report in the CBC, Plante’s administration estimated a potential cost of up to $35 million would needed to be paid by the city’s taxpayers for the event’s second running. Additionally, a nonprofit organization reportedly owes creditors some $9.5 million.

Plante revealed details today in a series of messages posted on Twitter, which you can see in order below.

A Formula E spokesperson supplied a statement of the surprise news to e-racing365.com:

Formula E’s fourth season underwent one calendar change with a return to Punta Del Este, Uruguay replacing a cancelled race in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Whether a replacement can be sourced for this race weekend will now remain to be seen.