Daniel Ricciardo felt the Singapore Grand Prix was his Infiniti Red Bull Racing team’s best opportunity to secure a win in 2015, and was proud to come so close with second place on Sunday.
The Australian gave Sebastian Vettel a good run for his win, even if ultimately he was not in a position to challenge his former team-mate for the victory, and felt the deployment of the safety cars ended any hope of making strategy work in his favour.
“I think this was our best chance of a win and we got close, so we can be proud of what we did,” said Ricciardo. “We have made the most of our opportunities here.
“At the start Seb just went away and then I was coming back to him and if it hadn’t been for the Safety Car, we’d have got pretty close and maybe an undercut would have been possible at the pit stop.
“Making both stops under the safety car affected our chances and I think that dictated the race really. In the first stint we were coming on quite strong, with Seb pushing hard to break the DRS gap. But as the laps were ticking down, we were starting to come alive and I was able to lean on the tyres a bit more.
“Then I was frustrated to see the Safety Car come out, but I knew I still had to make one more stop so I had one more chance. But Seb seemed to have learned from the first stint and started easier than in the first one and was able to pull away later. I was able to close on him again, before we had another Safety Car. That was that really because it’s hard to overtake here.”
Ricciardo feels the team can be proud of their performance in Singapore, and with the popular Australian taking the fastest lap of the race in the closing laps, and feels the chassis has begun to ‘come alive’ over the past handful of races.
“We got the fastest lap right at the end and we can be proud of that,” said Ricciardo. “It’s good to get another podium, I’m really happy for the team.
“The last few races the chassis has really come alive so thanks to the guys for that.”