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2015-09-19 19:48

FORMER TEAM MATES: Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo (left) poses with former team mate Sebastian Vettel (racing for Ferrari) after qualifying for the 2015 Singapore GP.Image: AP / Mark Baker

Singapore - Red Bull were able to put a troubled season and uncertainty over its Formula 1 future to one side as Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat secured second and fourth  on the grid for the Singapore GP on Saturday.

For an outfit that dominated the sport for four years from 2010, this campaign has been a nightmare with team principal Christian Horner and engine suppliers Renault at loggerheads over the underperforming power unit as the wins dried up.

On Saturday, however, championship leaders Mercedes were unable to harness the full power of their superior engine around the 23-turn Marina Bay Street Circuit and Red Bull were back near the top of the timesheets in a dogfight with Ferrari.

Back on the front row

Ricciardo lapped slightly slower than former team mate Sebastian Vettel, who switched to Ferrari this season.

He said: "It's nice to be back up here and the front row as well, it's been a while. It's a bit of a coincidence, Seb and I, and hopefully we can have a good race tomorrow.

"It's a surprise to not see a Mercedes up here. I thought they were playing a few card games yesterday but they seem to be struggling here."

The second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen will start the race in third place, just ahead of Kvyat with Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg filling out the third row for Mercedes after a topsy-turvy qualifying session.

Kvyat finished second behind Vettel at Hungary, his only podium in F1 but he issued a warning to the cars alongside the Red Bulls as he targets a fast start on Sunday.

Kvyat said: "As the lights go off we will try and overtake the Ferraris."

The fractious relationship between Red Bull and Renault reached a conclusion on Friday with the engine suppliers opting to part company with the team, who are likely to be powered by Ferrari units from next season.

None of that will worry Ricciardo for now as he targets a fourth F1 victory of his career and first of a season that has only garnered one third place finish at Hungary as its high point.

He added: "It's definitely our best chance to get a win this season. Coming into the weekend we thought we had a great chance of getting back on the podium and today's results back up the confidence I had in the car.

"Tomorrow, however, is where the points are and the champagne is but we put ourselves in the best position today, obviously Seb was out of reach, so now we are second best but we will try and move up a position tomorrow."

2015 Singapore Grand Prix at Marina Bay Street Circuit: Results


Third practice

Second practice

First practice

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