Daniel Ricciardo wants 'dominant weekend' in Singapore
- Author: Zachary Reyes Sep 15, 2017,
Sep 15, 2017, 23:41
It was widely anticipated that Red Bull would be competitive at the twisty Marina Bay Street Circuit, which will continue to host F1 races until at least 2021 after a new deal was announced on Friday. The German finished 11th for Ferrari, his best time notably set on the soft Pirelli tyre rather than the ultrasoft used by all his rivals.
With reports suggesting a parting of the ways between them and engine manufacturer Renault at the end of next year, drivers Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo will be keen to keep themselves in the shop window. On paper, it looks like it's been a particularly good day, but the two Ferraris didn't appear to have an ideal session and ended FP2 behind us.
"Already on the grid, when you jump into the cockpit, you're sweating and thinking, 'I've got to go in there for two hours and it's going to get warmer".
"I'm not yet happy, missing a bit the balance, then you miss a bit the confidence".
But if things don't improve for Ricciardo at Red Bull, we could be seeing him behind the wheel of a new team in 2019. Zero. I think what Niki was referring to was they crossed each other in the paddock and he asked Seb what he is doing next year.' Pull the other one, Toto!
He tried a second flier, but lost the rear end at Turn 10 and clobbered the wall, detaching an advertising hoarding which temporarily required the virtual safety auto to be deployed. Vettel's auto needed to be checked over in the pits, costing him valuable time.
To gather the data, Hamilton's complete career statistics were used, and Vettel's only start after he left an uncompetitive Toro Rosso for Red Bull in 2009. Palmer's father Jonathan Palmer - the former F1 driver and circuit owner - could yet find the funds to secure Palmer a seat for 2018 - but with most drives rubber-stamped for next term, his options could be running out. Vettel has excelled throughout 2017 and, aside from the occasional blip, his performances have been back to the level we saw consistently when he was at Red Bull.
In a weekend where the only thing hotter than the race for the drivers championship is the actual temperature, will we see the usual Mercedes and Ferrari show? It was probably our best Friday of the year in terms of what we learned and the improvement we made with the auto. "It's still better than the original contract that I had", Bottas said.
"It was a hard day and not a lot of things made sense", Raikkonen said.
"I thought it was a mixed day, a mixed session", Vettel said. It is not exactly where we expected to start and [we need to] work forward.
Indeed as Friday commenced, the Australian clocked the fastest time in early practice with a time 1.42.89 setting the pace.
Alonso is a two-time victor at Marina Bay, and his morale must surely have been boosted by McLaren's confirmed switch to Renault power.