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Ricciardo thought Mercedes were sandbagging

Ricciardo thought Mercedes were sandbagging


Daniel Ricciardo will start Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix from the front row for Red Bull Racing. The Australian emerged as the nearest rival to pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel in Q3, even though 0.543s adrift.

Teammate Daniil Kvyat will start fourth with a time of 1:44.745 to complete the team’s best qualifying performance of the season.

Following 23 consecutive pole positions, the champions Mercedes found struggled for pace at the Marina Bay Street Circuit as Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg had problems with their tyres all weekend, they will start fifth and sixth respectively.

“It’s nice to be back up here on the front row. It’s been a bit of a while so it’s good,” Ricciardo said.

“It’s should be a good race tomorrow. Qualifying was really exciting.

“To have no Mercedes up here is a surprise to everyone. I thought they were playing a few card games yesterday, but it seemed they are obviously not particularly comfortable here this weekend. It’s good to capitalise on that.

“Tomorrow would be nice to be back here. Really happy for the team as we have definitely made a lot of progress since Silverstone, but for me since Budapest the car has really come alive and it’s nice that we can show that here. We will just try to hang in there in the long runs tomorrow and make a race of it.”

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