Ricciardo delighted to split rivals

Ricciardo delighted to split rivals

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was happy enough to split Mercedes pair Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton in qualifying in Singapore.

Ricciardo finished qualifying just 0.531 seconds adrift of pacesetter Nico Rosberg and will start alongside the German at the front of the grid.

Lewis Hamilton was nudged into third as he came ended up 0.704 seconds behind his Mercedes team-mate, while Red Bull’s Max Verstappen claimed fourth.

Red Bull opted to run with the super-soft tyre rather than the ultra-softs like Mercedes and Ricciardo is hopeful their tactics will pay off on Sunday.

Ricciardo said:"I'm pleased enough, the aim was to try and be on the front row.

"We knew it'd be hard to try and get in front of the Mercedes [drivers], it's nice to at least get one.

"We made improvements for qualifying, through practice we were still trying to find stuff on the car, it finally came good in qualifying, it got better, the rhythm was good.

"We qualified on the Super Softs for Q2, so we'll start on that tyre. Obviously we feel it's a good thing, but let's see if it makes a difference tomorrow.

"The last lap in Q3 was clean, it probably wasn't as good as Nico's, but it was clean and good enough for the front row."