Max Verstappen: Red Bull is 'very strong' at Singapore

Australian Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull Racing during a pit stop in the second practice session of the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore 15 September 2017

Verstappen believes that there are a few areas to which Red Bull can still pay attention - and admitted that his team must be "cautious" of the threat from both the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team and Scuderia Ferrari in qualifying.

Renault has been pushing to get Sainz in the auto as early as possible - potentially from the Malaysian Grand Prix - with his place at Toro Rosso then taken, at least in the short term, by Red Bull junior and 2016 GP2 champion Pierre Gasly.

That was over 0.556 seconds faster than second placed team mate Max Verstappen's best.

It has been confirmed today that Honda will power Red Bull's junior Toro Rosso team, who now also use Renault engines.

"(On) the high downforce circuits, we've been pretty good but getting better", he said. Bottas, Raikkonen, Alonso, Hulkenberg, and Kvyat rounded out the top ten.

The prospect of working with Honda in 2019 will not impress Verstappen or Ricciardo, as the Japanese company have been axed by McLaren after three woeful seasons.

During the 2017 season Ricciardo has shown he is more than deserving of being the team's No.1 man and while Verstappen has endured some tough luck, Ricciardo looks the more complete driver.

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With all the drama off the track between the sessions, it was back to normality as the cars hit the streets of Singapore for second practice.

DANIEL Ricciardo has long proved he is one of the standout drivers in the Formula 1 paddock, as was highlighted by his showing during the Italian Grand Prix two weekends ago when he went from 16th on the grid to a fourth-place finish. Ricciardo soon reasserted himself at the top of the times, just ahead of his teammate.

The move comes ahead of an announcement today that McLaren will be dropping Honda in favour of Renault- hence the potential partnership between Red Bull and Honda.

It is understood that Renault's new relationship with McLaren will be confirmed on Friday after the first practice session, as will Honda's affiliation with Toro Rosso.

"I went through that impatient phase for sure, and I am still bordering that - because I don't want to leave F1 without a championship", Ricciardo told motorsport.com.

Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) - 144 points 5.

Now the night has arrived and the conditions for this session are far more representative of what we might expect on Saturday and Sunday. They will be really strong in Singapore.

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