Ricciardo 'confident' he can still take victory
16 September 2017 – Daniel Ricciardo labelled himself "confident" of taking victory at the Singapore Grand Prix, despite missing out on pole position to Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.
Red Bull started the weekend in charge, with Ricciardo topping both Friday sessions, before Max Verstappen moved ahead in third practice, maintaining his pace in Q1 and Q2.
However, Vettel surged clear in Q3 and claimed pole position by over three-tenths of a second, with Ricciardo collecting third spot, behind team-mate Verstappen.
Ricciardo, though, is adamant that he can overhaul Vettel in race-trim and deliver victory for Red Bull around the streets of Marina Bay.
"I'm a little envious today, I will accept a little bit of defeat," said Ricciardo, who endured a messy final practice session, which included a brush with the wall.
"But tomorrow I'm still confident we'll get victory, so I think we've got a good package.
"Seb turned it on in qualifying, but I'm looking forward to tomorrow."
Verstappen, who finished 0.026s ahead of Ricciardo with his final Q3 run, commented: "It's a shame that we couldn't put it on pole.
"The final lap was not great, but we were quite close, so I'm pretty happy with that.
"During the race it will be difficult to pass him [Vettel], so we'll have to see on the first lap."
Ricciardo has already tasted victory this season, capitalising on drama around him at another street track, the Baku City Circuit, back in June.