Having joked after Monza that he would lap the field in Singapore, Daniel Ricciardo says the Marina Bay race does offer Red Bull’s “best chances” of a race win.
Last time out in Monza, faced with a grid penalty for changing engine components, Ricciardo raced from 16th at the start to fourth at the chequered flag.
It was a great showing from the Red Bull driver especially as the Italian circuit does not suit the RB13 and its Renault engine.
Formula 1, though, is coming up to a circuit that does, Marina Bay.
Last year Ricciardo was second on the grid, and second at the chequered flag, finishing less than half a second behind Nico Rosberg.
“I believe Singapore won’t be our only chance but is one of our best chances of a win in the second half of the season,” said the Aussie.
“I’ve started second and finished second at this track in the last two years, with fastest lap both times, so my aim this year is definitely to start on pole and try to go one better in the race.”
But, like his rivals, Ricciardo will first have to find a way to best conquer with the narrow circuit and its barriers as well as the heat.
“You have to build up speed a little slower in the practice sessions on a street circuit like Singapore. At some point you have to start taking risks but to do that straight away doesn’t make sense.
“I always prepare for the race with some acclimatization training. You feel the heat when you’re in the car, but when you stop after the race and the adrenaline decreases you feel it even more. After the race I will easily sink five litres of water to rehydrate before I go to bed.”