Ricciardo leads Red Bull 1-2 in FP2

Ricciardo leads Red Bull 1-2 in FP2

"I've started second and finished second at this track in the last two years, with fastest lap both times", he said. With Verstappen and Ricciardo both recently telling ESPN their long-term futures at Red Bull hinge around its ability to deliver a race-winning auto, and with Verstappen growing increasingly frustrated at his remarkable string of bad luck this year, a morale-boosting win for the team would be huge going into the final races of 2017.

The 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) circuit resembles the Monaco GP in terms of its sinewy layout: A low-speed, hard-braking track favoring maximum downforce and reducing the outright pace of Hamilton's Mercedes.

Champions Mercedes have won eight of 13 races this season. "On the surface, Singapore is the kind of circuit that should favour both Ferrari and Red Bull", said Wolff. Former champions McLaren and Williams have not won since 2012.

London: Mercedes confirmed Wednesday that Valtteri Bottas will be their driver in 2018 also after the Finn signed a new one year contract extension.

Hamilton has an all-time record 69 career poles.

Hamilton has 112 podiums to date and is second on the all-time list behind Schumacher (155).

"I'm sure there is more we have learned to put us in a better position in Singapore", said Hamilton after a victory at Monza which saw him dislodge Vettel from the head of the Drivers' Championship for the first time this season.

The only regular drivers yet to score are Renault's Jolyon Palmer and Sauber's Marcus Ericsson. But Vettel, who with four wins is also the most successful driver at Singapore, played down the "favourites" tag.

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Although the Italian crowd were wanting a Ferrari win, Hamilton stole the show with a near flawless drive and as comfortable a 6 grand prix win of the season, Mercedes could get from their British rider. Despite wins in 2014 and 2016, the team has always struggled to extract its full potential under the lights of Marina Bay since the start of the V6 turbo era it has otherwise dominated. It will be his role as "spoiler" however, that could go a long way to deciding the outcome of the this years World Championship.

Mercedes has made little secret of the fact Singapore is its bogey circuit. And he won them to move three points ahead of Vettel in a thrilling title contest.

Bottas has exceeded expectations as Lewis Hamilton's teammate, winning two races and securing seven other podium finishes to emerge as an outside contender for the title.

Red Bull had identified the race in Singapore as one of its best opportunities to challenge Ferrari and Mercedes this season, and so took power unit penalties in Italy to give itself a better chance of success.

Will it come down to reliability, just as we saw with Hamilton and his engine in Malaysia a year ago?

It's been a pretty solid season for Wehrlein, but Monza was one race which will not live long in the memory of the German. Nico Rosberg prevailed in last year's race, the first in Singapore since the inaugural race in 2008.

Sainz then went off down an escape road on his final lap, and had a near-miss with Vettel as he reversed back onto the track.

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