Ricciardo: I’m content with eighth

Marina Bay, Singapore

Singapore Grand Prix – Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo says the team are pleased to have managed to get both cars into Q3 again.

A solid qualifying performance from Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg will see them lineup in P8 and P9 for Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix. Renault have made impressive strides in recent races, with both cars reaching Q3 for the third weekend in succession.

Ricciardo set a best time 1.8 seconds from the pole time set by Charles Leclerc, to just pip teammate Hulkenberg by a tenth of a second.

Speaking afterwards, a satisfied Ricciardo said: “Our intention was to get into Q3, so to achieve that with both cars is good. I’m not disappointed, it was a good effort and we’ve recovered well throughout the weekend. I’m content with eighth”.

The Australian is carrying some great momentum forward into this weekend after scoring his best finish with the team last time out in Monza. Singapore, in terms of circuit characteristics, is an almost polar opposite to Monza.

Tight and twisty chicanes, fast sweeping corners and short DRS zones offers the drivers a tough challenge to overcome and means very different demands from a car’s aerodynamics compared to Monza.

When quizzed on the challenges of the circuit, Ricciardo added: “The race is the toughest of the year, but i enjoy the challenge“.

Alan Permane, sporting director at Renault F1, added to this by saying: “It’s challenging on the car, the drivers, the crew and the tyres. Tyre management will play a key part in the race and we will be ready to react to the many different scenarios that could be thrown at us”.

A high safety car probability gives opportunity to the alert. Ricciardo will be looking to score some solid points in tomorrow’s Singapore Grand Prix. The race gets underway on Sunday at 13:10 UK time.

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Jack Cunnane

19. Irish. Formula 1 and World RX. Motorsport Commentator

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