Ricciardo rues timing of Safety Cars


Daniel Ricciardo believes he would have been able to give Sebastian Vettel a better run for his money in Singapore if it wasn't for the deployment of two Safety Cars.

Vettel started in pole position and quickly built a handy lead of nearly six seconds over the Red Bull driver, but Ricciardo hit back during the latter stages of his first stint and managed to get it down to just under four seconds.

However, a collision between Nico Hulkenberg and Felipe Massa led to the deployment of first the Virtual Safety Car, which prompted all the front-runners to stop at the same time, and then the real Safety Car.

Ricciardo kept Vettel honest during the second stint, but again he wasn't able to push hard as another Safety Car was deployed after a fan entered the track.

Vettel went on to win the race by a comfortable margin with Ricciardo taking P2.

"I think if it wasn't for the Safety Car we would've gotten very close," the Australian said. "In terms of the pit stop, maybe an undercut was possible. In the second stint, maybe he learnt from the first, backed us up and just went after that. 

"Both Safety Cars came out at a pretty crucial time. Nonetheless his pace was good and it was quite representative of qualifying. We seemed to have been the two quickest cars today."

Red Bull had earmarked the Singapore Grand Prix as a place where they will shine this year and Ricciardo is happy that they have capitalised. 

"We came here pretty confident. I'm always careful not to be overconfident, but the pace we showed all weekend was strong, the race pace was good and I think we matched Seb," he said. "I think we have to be pretty with this weekend. It's nice again to capitalise."