Ricciardo: Good thing I had a poor start

Date published: September 17 2017 - Editor

It's not often that a bad start works in your favour in F1, but Daniel Ricciardo admits his poor getaway at the Singapore Grand Prix was "probably a good thing".

The Australian fancied his chances of winning the race at the Marina Bay Street Circuit on Sunday as he started P3 on the grid behind Sebastian Vettel in the Ferrari and his Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen.

Despite struggling off the line after the lights went out, Ricciardo found himself P2 after the first few corners following a chaotic start as Vettel, Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen all made contact.

Although he kept Lewis Hamilton honest for the rest of the race, the Red Bull driver was forced to settle for second place, which was his fourth consecutive podium in Singapore.

"I can't win the bloody thing, I'm trying," he said after the race. "Today we didn't have that Friday pace we showed in practice. A little bit disappointed to miss out on a win but still gotta be pretty grateful and happy with another podium.

"I watched the chaos unfold in front of me. It was probably a good thing I had a poor start otherwise I'd have been caught up in it. It looked like three were trying to go into one but I don't know who's fault it was. It was just too close."