The Singapore Grand Prix was one of the toughest races of the season, as expected, but it was also eventful. The race was delayed due to heavy rain. We finally saw a green flag an hour and five minutes after the scheduled time.
The Australian driver started from P16, far from the top 5, but he climbed up 3 places on the first lap. He held onto that place but gained a few after a couple of other drivers’ abandonment caused Virtual Safety Cars. That situation repeated after another VSC and Safety Car.
Ricciardo and the team held on to a good strategy and then managed to get track position on the likes of the Astons, Verstappen and Hamilton, and he managed a great end of the race, which got the honey badger satisfied and feeling they did everything right.
“I’m very happy. I haven’t had a top five all year so I’m very pleased with that. I feel like some things fell in our favour today, but I also think we were very patient and mature. It was very tempting to jump on a slick and try to be a hero in the position we were in – but I think we were just sensible, bided our time and that obviously allowed an opportunity with other cars, and then a Safety Car. I’m really pleased the first lap was good and we made some positions there as well. So, we did everything right. We maximised a top five and it was a big one for the team in the Constructors’ Championship, so everyone’s got a smile on their faces,” said Ricciardo.