Daniel Ricciardo felt pleased to have backed up Red Bull’s confidence heading into the Singapore Grand Prix weekend by recording his best finish since his victory in the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix.
Red Bull arrived in Singapore hopeful of a good result thanks to the tight and twisting nature of the Marina Bay Street Circuit that masked the deficiencies of the team’s Renault power unit.
Ricciardo and teammate Daniil Kvyat excelled in qualifying to line up second and fourth on the grid respectively. Although Kvyat could only finish sixth in the race, Ricciardo managed to lead Red Bull’s charge to finish second, just 1.4 seconds shy of race winner Sebastian Vettel.
Ricciardo was pleased that Red Bull backed up its confidence heading into the weekend with a strong result, having made the most of Mercedes’ difficulties.
“It’s really good to back it up,” Ricciardo said. “We came in here pretty confident. I’m always careful not to be overconfident, but yeah, I think the pace we showed all weekend was strong.
“The race pace was good. I think we matched Seb. We’ve got to be pretty happy with this weekend. It’s nice again to capitalize. Budapest we had a chance, and we’ve done it again here.”
Ricciardo placed a great deal of pressure on Vettel throughout the race, but felt that he could have mounted more of a challenge to his former teammate had it not been for two safety car periods.
“At the start of the race he just went, and realized towards the end of the stint I was coming,” Ricciardo said. “I think if it wasn’t for the safety car it would have got pretty close in terms of the pit stop. Maybe an undercut was possible.
“But then in the second stint seemed like he sort of learned from the first, backed us up, and then just went after that. I think both safety cars came out at a pretty crucial time, but nonetheless, his pace was good, and I think it was quite representative of qualifying. We seemed to be the two quickest cars today.”