F1 Singapore Grand Prix: Daniel Ricciardo tops Practice 1

F1 Singapore Grand Prix: Daniel Ricciardo tops Practice 1

F1 Singapore Grand Prix: Daniel Ricciardo tops Practice 1

Not only has Vettel collected more victories, podiums and points than Hamilton at the remaining tracks despite fewer entries, but his most successful races of all time have been in Singapore, Malaysia and Japan - each of which he has won four times. Red Bull is expected to challenge but Ferrari could use that to its advantage if it is able to put the Milton Keynes-based team between itself and Mercedes in the race.

No driver has had more podium finishes in Singapore than Vettel, whose impressive streak at the night race includes three straight wins from 2011-13 during his run of four straight F1 titles with former team Red Bull.

"Already on the grid, when you jump into the cockpit, you're sweating and thinking, 'I've got to go in there for two hours and it's going to get warmer".

The form book from Monaco and Hungary suggests Mercedes will be hard-pressed to topple Ferrari this weekend, while Red Bull are also envisaging a strong weekend, but that certainly doesn't mean the world champions can't cause a mini-surprise on Sunday.

"We've seen that it's very close no matter where we go (even on) tracks that (should) definitely suit Mercedes or (should) definitely suit Ferrari".

But Vettel is a driver who flourishes when the package is flawless, as his Red Bull record suggests, and hasn't quite had the tools to deliver since joining Ferrari in 2015. The layout of the circuit, the team hope, will mask the power deficiencies of their Renault engine. Vettel has excelled throughout 2017 and, aside from the occasional blip, his performances have been back to the level we saw consistently when he was at Red Bull. The 26-year-old Englishman is one of only two drivers yet to score a point this season, and he has been out-qualified by his Renault team-mate Nico Hulkenberg at every round this year.

London: Mercedes confirmed Wednesday that Valtteri Bottas will be their driver in 2018 also after the Finn signed a new one year contract extension.

This weekend's grand prix has also played host to a series of interlinked engine and driver moves.

Mercedes have braced themselves for a hard weekend and although Hamilton posted the third-quickest time, it was a long way adrift of the lead Red Bull. But I think it's in the vehicle.

"In theory it should be better here than in Monza", Vettel said.

"Now we see what we can do tomorrow".

Daniel Ricciardo celebrates his third-place finish at the Belgium Grand Prix. I go with what we have, what I'll feel on the track and how the auto performs.

Carlos Sainz: "After sitting out in this afternoon's FP1, I obviously had to take my time to get used to driving here in FP2 - I had to do some extra laps at the beginning to make sure I recovered the lost time".

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