Daniel Ricciardo: “You’re pushing the limit on a street circuit”


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After a strong performance on the opening day of practice for the Singapore Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo feels he can achieve a little bit more speed from the RB16.

The Red Bull Racing driver finished the morning session in second, with a time of 1:45.872, only 0.049 seconds behind team-mate Max Verstappen, while in Free Practice 2, Ricciardo finished in fourth with a time of 1:44.557. Earlier in the session, he clipped the wall, leading to the Australian spinning after the incident.

Ricciardo believes if Red Bull can only find a few small things to improve on, these can hopefully add up to quite a bit of lap time on Saturday.

“This circuit is always difficult,” said Ricciardo. “You’re pushing the limit on a street circuit and you want to be comfortable in qualifying so today is the day to experiment.

“I had a bit of a spin and touched the barrier but the car was more or less okay. It’s hot, it’s tricky and everything is a little bit on the edge here for sure, but to find a few tenths on this circuit can be quite easy, because there are so many corners and with the tyres overheating in the last sector you can lose or gain a lot.

“We still feel that we can get a little bit more speed out of the car so that’s what tonight is for. Even if we find a few small things, then they will hopefully add up to quite a bit of lap time here tomorrow.”