Daniil Kvyat is confident that Red Bull can take the fight to Ferrari for the race win in tomorrow’s Singapore Grand Prix.
In one of the biggest shocks of the season so far, Sebastian Vettel stormed to his first pole position for Ferrari in qualifying on Saturday night ahead of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo.
Kvyat was able to underpin his teammate’s good result by qualifying fourth as Mercedes’ 23-race pole streak came to a clattering end.
For the first time since the Spanish Grand Prix in May, Lewis Hamilton will not be starting from pole position after he finished fifth in Q3, edging out Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.
Ferrari and Red Bull appear to be in a class of their own at the front of the field, and Kvyat thinks that he and Ricciardo can take the fight to Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen in Singapore.
“I’m happy with today’s qualifying,” Kvyat said. “I think it’s a good place to start the race tomorrow.
“Obviously as a driver you always want more but we’ll do our best to get as many points in the race as we can. The red cars are looking strong but we will take the fight to them during the race.
“It’s a long race and we will have to be patient. The chassis is behaving really well and the team have done a great job with the car.”
The Singapore Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 7:30am ET on Sunday.