Vettel to edge Hamilton in Singapore, say bookies

Vettel to edge Hamilton in Singapore, say bookies

Sebastian Vettel heads to the Marina Bay street circuit this weekend as favourite to bounce back from a crushing Monza defeat with victory under the lights in Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix.

On talent alone Ricciardo is a championship contender. Red Bull with 212 points are on third followed by Force India (113).

Hamilton has struck form as the championship enters its final straight.

"In 2015, Singapore provided us with one of the most painful experiences in recent seasons, so we rolled up the sleeves, learned from it and managed to bounce back with a great win past year".

"I'm sure it will tighten up tomorrow, but I still expect we will be able to stay where we are", said Ricciardo, who has finished second in Singapore for the past two years with the fastest race lap on both occasions.

To dampen expectations on Red Bull, somewhat, Ferrari have typically turned up stronger on race day this term, while Mercedes boast the greatest single-lap pace on the grid.

"I believe Singapore won't be our only chance but is one of our best chances of a win in the second half of the season", said Australian Daniel Ricciardo. "It is a lot about the trust in your auto".

But he has been linked with a move to Ferrari and is desperate to challenge for an F1 World Drivers' Championship, something the Red Bull auto can not now do. Such a tough corner invariably puts drivers under strain, and Hamilton sustained a puncture and retired after bumping tires with Red Bull's Mark Webber in 2010.

"It's so hot here!" joked the 32-year-old as he took to the stage at the private event yesterday.

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Red Bull will hope to spoil the party for both the works teams as the fans are in for a treat where there are three teams which are major contenders for the race.

He stormed back to life in 2016, finishing third, and while sitting fourth at the moment, will be hopeful of another top-three finish at season's end.

After a disastrous start to the season with a non-finish in Melbourne, Ricciardo has rebuilt his confidence and is happy with Red Bull's progress.

"I go and approach it with a real positive mind-set that we are going to be fighting for a win but if that's not the case when we get there we'll just take it at face value and try to get damage limitation".

"Today's announcement gives us the stability we need to move ahead with our chassis and technical programme for 2018 without any further hesitation", said McLaren executive director Zak Brown.

"I think it could be pivotal this year".

Singapore 2015 was one of the best performances of Sebastian Vettel's career. So my heart would love to.

As we have seen throughout this calendar, there can be no questions over the Finn's commitment to the cause, whereas across the paddock, Kimi Raikkonen has shown signs of frustration in being forced to tow the party line. To win by more than 30-seconds, exposes how far Ferrari still have to come forward.