Red Bull Singapore GP

‘No pressure’ for Ricciardo on Singapore success

He came very close to winning the Monaco Grand Prix in May, but Daniel Ricciardo is not putting any pressure on himself to realise that first win this season at the similar Singapore Grand Prix.

Red Bull have demonstrated they are excellent around the slower tracks, the Renault engine not hampering them as much as Monza or Spa, although both they put up a decent effort showing how far they have come in the last couple of seasons.

No more so than Monaco where the team dominated the entire weekend, only for a pit stop blunder costing them the win to Lewis Hamilton, right on the back of Max Verstappen winning his first ever Grand Prix, in his first ever race for Red Bull.

Ricciardo is excited for the prospects of the weekend, but isn’t pressurising himself to get a result: “It’s obviously the next closest track to Monaco, so sure we look at it as a good chance to try to get the victory I’ve been after this season.

“With the team, since Monaco, a lot of things have been working better, in terms of I think we’ve executed a lot more on a Sunday and I’ve left Sundays feeling a lot happier the last handful of races, so that’s been good on both sides.

“I feel I have executed as well good things on Sunday. Let’s see. I’m not going to put too much pressure on myself or them for this weekend but I think deep down we obviously want to win.

“I believe we are a group of winners, so if there is a bit of pressure on us to get it done then I think we will thrive off that.

“Let’s see what happens. I’m definitely prepared and excited. I don’t know what I’m paying for a top 10, but it’s safe money.”

Red Bull go into the weekend in a tight battle with Ferrari for second in the constructors championship.

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