Daniil Kvyat felt upbeat following practice for the Singapore Grand Prix on Friday night after he finished at the top of the timesheets for the first time in his Formula 1 career.
Kvyat posted a fastest lap time of 1:46.142 to edge out Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen for P1 as FP1 pace-setters Mercedes struggled on the super-soft tire.
The result also marked the first time in 2015 that Red Bull has topped a session, and Kvyat was pleased with the pace that the team is showing in Singapore.
“We expected the car to perform better at this track because it has fewer straights,” Kvyat said. “This afternoon, it didn’t look bad at all and our pace looks promising.
“I didn’t do much running in the first session, so it was more of a challenge in FP2 and maybe slightly surprising that I did a quick lap immediately, but I felt comfortable straight away.
“It’s good to be P1 for the first time. However, all the teams will be working hard overnight and we will have to see what the situation is. So I don’t have any particular expectations for tomorrow.”
Teammate Daniel Ricciardo finished third-fastest in FP2, but revealed that he hit traffic on his quickest lap on the option tire.
“We’ve had a pretty nice car out of the box at the last few races, because the balance has been right,” Ricciardo said. “Both free practices today were good for us, we hit a bit of traffic on the option lap, but we know what we have and I think we are looking good for the weekend.
“Saturday is the important day but I am happy we started off on the right foot in free practice. The car felt strong and as expected is performing well at this track. We will be doing some fine tuning tonight.
“We expect the silver cars and the red ones to turn it up tomorrow, but hopefully we can keep the pace we showed to get up as far the grid as possible.”
Qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix is live on CNBC and Live Extra from 8am ET on Sunday.