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Published: Sat, September 16, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton in practice for F1 Singapore Grand Prix

Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton in practice for F1 Singapore Grand Prix

The team's restrictive engine should be less of a burden around the twisty and fast streets of Singapore and both Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen have been talking about how big an opportunity this is for the team for a long while.

On talent alone Ricciardo is a championship contender. And it was not like he was on for a points finish either when he experienced vehicle unreliability. It hasn't come close to matching the Scuderia or championship leader Mercedes for pace.

"I didn't mean to go off", he continued.

"Singapore wasn't the best place for us in the past and we were extremely delighted to win it a year ago, because we had such a hard time in 2015", the Austrian said.

But Vettel is a driver who flourishes when the package is flawless, as his Red Bull record suggests, and hasn't quite had the tools to deliver since joining Ferrari in 2015.

"I know the challenge in qualifying will be a potentially stronger Ferrari and Mercedes but I'm confident we can stay up there and fight with them at the top".

The Woking-based team will switch to Renault power starting next year with Red Bull-owned Toro Rosso picking up the Honda supply.

The 30-year-old cited two examples.

Hamilton is three points clear of Vettel, who is not leading the championship for the first time this season. Throughout the course of this season, Ricciardo has been a dark horse.

While Ferrari will start the Singapore Grand Prix weekend as favourites, do not be surprised to see Red Bull in the mix, too. 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. The only thing that matters is how the race goes for us.”. "As I said many times whatever I do next year is because I want to win". I was struggling with the overall grip and the balance of the vehicle. So my heart would love to. "We'll see what happens".

Nico Hulkenberg needs an unlikely top three finish to avoid an unwanted record, that of most starts without ever standing on the podium.

Adding to the intrigue of Ricciardo's future are comments he made last month where he expressed his frustration at not having a title-winning vehicle at his disposal.

The report added that Hamilton would be chasing his third consecutive Grand Prix victory after back-to-back wins at Spa and Monza.

Mercedes have been on pole in 66 of the last 71 races. "I definitively believe in myself", Ricciardo told ESPN. "We are developing ours so I'm not so fussed about what they doing". The first session was not so easy, but we found a good direction in the evening session so I'm feeling positive overall.

Verstappen also hinted his future at Red Bull may not be secure if his woes continue. Things are coming, I'm sure they are developing their vehicle.

Jos said "this won't last if things keep going like this" and Verstappen revealed he'd spoken to Red Bull adviser Helmut Marko to express his dissatisfaction at the season so far.

"Obviously not ideal that I lost the vehicle on my second attempt but overall I'm not yet happy". "The fun fades away". We don't have that at the moment.

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