Pace-setter Ricciardo expects to stay up front
15 September 2017 – Daniel Ricciardo says he expects to remain among the front group through the remainder of the weekend after comfortably leading the way during Friday's practice sessions for the Singapore Grand Prix.
Red Bull has long targeted this weekend's event as an opportunity to take victory, with the Marina Bay Street Circuit expected to play to the strengths of its RB13.
Ricciardo topped the opening 90-minute session, held in overcast conditions, and asserted his authority in the second session, setting two laps quick enough for top spot.
Ricciardo wound up with a 0.556s advantage over Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen, with Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton the only other driver to lap within a second of the Australian.
"I knew we would come here with a good car," Ricciardo said after the session.
"I feel prepared and I'm not surprised with our performance today.
"It's important that we keep that tomorrow but I have a lot of faith we can stay here all weekend."
Ricciardo is nonetheless expecting Ferrari to "get it together", in the wake of a low-key showing from Kimi Räikkönen and Sebastian Vettel in FP2.
Räikkönen was ninth fastest, while Vettel, second in the opening session, placed only 11th, having been unable to register a representative time on Ultra Softs.
"Seb was there this morning, so I think they'll get it together," Ricciardo said.
"I don't know what programme they were on this afternoon.
"I'm sure it will tighten up tomorrow, but I still expect we'll be able to stay where we are."