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.”