Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo doubt their cars will be as competitive in this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix as they were on a similarly tight circuit in Monaco.Sebastian Vettel. But he suspects Vettel will have the car to beat this weekend.
“I feel [Ferrari] have improved since Monaco,” said Ricciardo. “I think we’ve improved, but not as much as them.
“Obviously Monaco we had a little bit of room on them but Singapore’s probably not as strong as Monaco for us and then with that I would probably say Ferrari is the favourite going into Singapore but we’ll see. Hopefully it’s close enough.”
Ricciardo’s team mate Verstappen is also pessimistic about the team’s chances of being able to repeat its only pole position of 2018 so far.
“I think it will never be as good as Monaco was,” he said. “For sure we will be closer in Singapore a lot of results are possible in the race with Safety Cars, strategy.
“Maybe the pole position is going to be a bit more difficult because they’ve made quite big steps with the engines – I’m expecting [this] also in Singapore, there are still quite a few straights where they can make a difference.
“But if we can be within three or four tenths that will be good.”
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