Ricciardo: I expected to be faster today

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Daniel Ricciardo may have secured his seventh podium finish of the 2014 Formula 1 season today in Singapore, but the Australian driver felt disappointed that Red Bull could not put up more of a sustained challenge to Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes at the front of the field.

A late safety car period brought both Ricciardo and teammate Sebastian Vettel into contention for the race win, only for Hamilton to find some pace and beat both of the Red Bull drivers to claim his seventh win of the season.

Speaking after the race, Ricciardo said that he was disappointed not to have been closer to Hamilton, but was still pleased with the points haul Red Bull had achieved.

“We were really close to the Mercedes in qualifying and we expected the race pace to be a bit faster today to be honest,” Ricciardo said. “We weren’t quick enough in the first stint and we had a few other issues going on, with brakes and some power issues that were coming and going, but in terms of points we still got a good handful to take away from here.

Ricciardo was cheered on by a number of Australian fans in Singapore who had made the trip over, and was boosted by this support.

“It actually feels a bit like a home race here,” he said. “Singapore to Perth is like Melbourne to Perth, so for West Australians it’s not too far.

“Suzuka is in two weeks and that’s another track we can be optimistic for, so I’m looking forward to that. All in all it was a solid weekend.”