Red Bull opens up about upcoming opportunities to win one more race, revealing that Singapore, despite the fight being close, has been a blown chance.
Daniel Ricciardo qualified second and strengthened his position throughout the race, putting up a brilliant recovery in the final part, where he was expected to challenge Nico Rosberg after closing the gap. Nevertheless, the Red Bull driver could not step up and the German delivered an impressive performance, leading to victory.
However, Ricciardo finished ahead of one Mercedes, displaying how well the RB12 gets along with tracks that require maximum level of downforce. In fact, the Marina Bay circuit stood for a huge chance for Red Bull to repeat their Spain win, without needing any lucky shots or DNF.
“We got pretty close [in Singapore],” explained Horner. “Just half a second more and we would have beaten one of the Mercedes fair and square.
“Hopefully opportunities will present themselves over the remaining six races, but Mercedes have been so strong at every venue” said team principal Christian Horner.
“It’s going to rely on something different happening – like weather conditions or tyre degradation or something like that.”
Red Bull will have to count on unusual circumstances from now on, eventually taking advantage of Mercedes encountering unexpected hurdles on their path, as it happened at Singapore in 2015.
The Milton-Keynes based team also needs to corroborate its 2nd place in the constructors' championship, ahead of Ferrari. Therefore, two of the six remaining tracks to visit this year are going to play in favour of Red Bull: Sepang and Suzuka, demanding a competitive chassis, which the Prancing Horse might lack.
by Beatrice Zamuner