Ricciardo pleased with P2 on grid in Singapore, will start on super-softs

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Daniel Ricciardo felt pleased with his qualifying effort ahead of Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix when he will line up second on the grid between the Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.

As Rosberg swept to the 29th pole of his Formula 1 career with an imperious lap in Q3, Ricciardo rallied late on to edge out Hamilton and secure P2 on the grid.

Ricciardo had previously made it through to Q3 on the super-soft tire, which means he will be able to go further into the race before pitting than the ultra-soft-shod Mercedes on Sunday.

“Pleased enough, the aim was to try and be on the front row,” Ricciardo said when asked for his thoughts on qualifying.

“We knew it would be hard to try and get in front of the Mercedes. It was nice to at least get one.

“We made improvements for qualifying. Through practice we were still trying to find some stuff with the car and it finally came good in qualifying, got better. The rhythm throughout the session was good.

“We qualified on the super-soft in Q2 so we’ll start the race on that tire. Obviously we feel it’s a good thing, we’ll see if it makes a difference tomorrow.

“The last lap in Q3, it was clean, probably wasn’t as good as Nico’s but it was clean and good enough for the front row.”

The Singapore Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and the NBC Sports app from 7am ET on Sunday.

Dutch Grand Prix becomes fourth Formula 1 race canceled this season

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ZANDVOORT, Netherlands — The Dutch Grand Prix became the fourth Formula One race canceled this season because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, after organizers decided Thursday they didn’t want to play host to an event without spectators.

It was to be the first Dutch GP since 1985, but F1 wants to start the season with no spectators at races.

“We would like to celebrate this moment, the return of Formula 1 in Zandvoort, together with our racing fans in the Netherlands,” race director Jan Lammers said in a statement. “We ask everyone to be patient. I had to look forward to it for 35 years, so I can wait another year.”

The race in Zandvoort was set for May 3 and initially postponed. Fans who bought tickets can use them next year.

The coastal circuit has been redesigned, with some corners banked to facilitate faster racing.

The other races canceled this year were the season-opening Australian GP on March 15; the Monaco GP on May 24; and the French GP on June 28.

Another six have been postponed.

F1 organizers still hope to reschedule those and hold 15 to 18 races this season, starting in July with back-to-back races at the Austrian GP.