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Ricciardo “Not Concerned” By Red Bull Being Behind Rivals On Friday

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Daniel Ricciardo - Singapore Grand Prix - F1
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Daniel Ricciardo believes the Singapore Grand Prix is going to be very tight between his Aston Martin Red Bull Racing, Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport and Scuderia Ferrari after Friday practice at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

The Australian was quickest in Free Practice 1 during the daylight and feels the car may be better in those conditions rather than the night time.

“It’s going to be close at the top and all three teams can be fast around here.

“The morning session was better for us and surprisingly we were a bit more comfortable with the hotter track.

“Once it cooled down this evening, we didn’t feel we were able to optimise everything.

“I’m not concerned, we have tonight to analyse everything and I believe we will bring it all together tomorrow.”

Ricciardo is a fan of Pirelli bringing the soft tyre along with the ultrasoft and hypersoft and feels that could open up options during the race where he hopes he can be in the fight.

“I like that they brought a Soft tyre which is a few steps harder than the Ultra and the Hyper which opens up more options for the race.

“Each tyre seems to be a good step faster than the other, so for Qualifying I think it will push everyone to use the Hypersoft.

“It was fun out there.

“It’s the toughest circuit both mentally and physically but I love it and it’s a good challenge.

“I’m sweating a lot but it’s worth it.

“I’ve prepared well and the team has brought a very good car here, so let’s hope the gap is close tomorrow.”



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