Formula One: Red Bull can dominate in Singapore, says Daniel Ricciardo

Formula One: Red Bull can dominate in Singapore, says Daniel Ricciardo

Formula One: Red Bull can dominate in Singapore, says Daniel Ricciardo

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton was third in second practice, but his title rival Vettel could only manage 11th.

"It doesn't seem like these sort of circuits, this year, are a strength of Mercedes either so I think it could bring Ferrari and us really into that battle".

Verstappen (1:41.408) echoed his team-mate's sentiments: "We're looking good, but this is Friday".

"The vehicle in general performed well so we are happy with that side, the balance can always be improved and we are a bit down on top speed but nothing major to work on".

Ricciardo topped both practice sessions, edging out Vettel in the opener before finishing over half a second ahead of Verstappen under the floodlights of the evening's action. Securing a good position on the starting grid in today's qualifying is especially important as overtaking chances are hard to come by on the tight, winding circuit.

This weekend's race could prove to be the only course of the remaining seven grands prix where Ferrari will hold the advantage over Hamilton and his Mercedes team.

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Australian Daniel Ricciardo edged out Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel Friday for the top spot in the first Formula one free practice for the Singapore Grand Prix.

Renault's Nico Hulkenberg (1:42.448) was fifth.

Sergio Perez was eighth for Force India but the biggest surprise came in the shape of Ferrari, who endured a miserable time with Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel only ninth and 11th respectively.

"I'm sure it will tighten up tomorrow, but I still expect we will be able to stay where we are", said Ricciardo, who has finished second in Singapore for the past two years with the fastest race lap on both occasions.

"We still have to be cautious", he noted, adding that he expected Red Bull's rivals to perform better in qualifying. But we will see.

Multiple sources with good knowledge of the situation have revealed the Ricciardo bid happened during the complicated negotiations that allowed McLaren and Toro Rosso to swap their Honda and Renault engine supplies for next year. Soon after, the dominoes began to fall, with Toro Rosso confirming a split with Renault and 2018 hookup with Honda, while Renault also announced they have signed Carlos Sainz "on loan" for the 2018 season. He will replace Jolyon Palmer.

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