F1 travels to Singapore this week and Roy the Boy has three early selections of interest.
Ricciardo To Start Well at Practice 1
It’s the Singapore Grand Prix this weekend, a race where the conceived ‘fast cars’ can be thrown out of the equation and those that corner on rails and can handle a few bumps in the road should excel.
The Red Bull cars fit that bill and it was one of their drivers, Daniel Ricciardo, who aced the Monaco Grand Prix raced on a very similar street-circuit earlier in the summer. In the posh principality, the Australian topped all the time sheets, claimed pole and won the race – job done!
I think he can achieve similar results this weekend and my best bet is his name topping the time sheets in the first practice session on Friday morning.
Ricciardo has gone fastest in the opening practice session at Bahrain, Germany and Hungary already this year. He also claimed the table-topping time at Hungary 12 months ago and that’s a track which is often described as ‘Monaco without walls’. For good measure, he earned the same distinction here in Singapore in 2017 (second fastest by a whisker to his Red Bull teammate in 2016).
He’s like a horse that wins at Brighton – he’s got every chance of doing the same at Epsom. Likewise a jumper that goes around Fontwell will do the same at Plumpton. 7/2 is available about Daniel Ricciardo repeating his 2017 practice 1 victory, I think he should be 5/4 based on all known form.
Fastest Lap Pedigree
Ricciardo also took the fastest lap here in 2015 and 2016. And he would have doubtlessly claimed it last year too if a damaged floor had not cost him downforce and time.
Yes he has been blighted with reliability problems, failing to finish six times. But of the eight races he has completed at the course, he has set the fastest lap four times; an incredible 50 percent ratio.
A Narrow Winner Likely
As a final wager, go low on the winning margin.
This night race has been run ten times now and the victor has scored by less than three seconds in half of those.
A safety car sometime in the final stages of this contest should ensure this bet is a winner – and let us not forget there has been a safety car called to action in each and every one of the ten renditions to date.