Ricciardo hopes Singapore can provide elusive win

Thu Sep 15, 2016 8:17am EDT
 
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By John O'Brien

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo missed out on victory in Monaco this season when a botched pit stop handed Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton the win but the Australian is hoping the streets of Singapore will be paved the gold he was denied in Monte Carlo.

The Marina Bay Street Circuit's 23-turn layout presents drivers with similar challenges to Formula One's most famous track with its high downforce and slow pace giving Red Bull and Ferrari an opportunity to compete on level terms with Mercedes.

"It's obviously the next closest track to Monaco, so we look at it as a chance to try and get the victory I am after this season," Ricciardo, who finished second from pole in Monte Carlo, told reporters on Thursday.

"Since Monaco, a lot of things have been working better with the team...I have left races feeling a lot happier," he added.

Ricciardo came second behind Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in Singapore a year ago as Mercedes struggled and after securing three podiums in the last four races, the Australian has been installed as one of the favorites for Sunday's grand prix.

"Let's see," he said. "I am not going to put too much pressure on myself or the team for this weekend but deep down we want to win.

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

Ricciardo also shed some light on his quirky celebration of drinking champagne from his shoe following his recent podium finishes, drawing inspiration from a group of Australian "fishermen and surfers" who introduced him to the 'shoey'.   Continued...

 
Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo of Australia speaks at a news conference ahead of the Singapore F1 Grand Prix Night Race in Singapore, September 15, 2016. REUTERS/Jeremy Lee