Daniel Ricciardo sad that he could have done no more after he closed to within half a second of winner Nico Rosberg at the end of the Singapore GP.
The Australian fell more than 25 seconds behind when he pitted for fresh rubber with 14 laps to go, and he immediately began taking huge chunks out of Rosberg’s lead, but he only managed to get on the German’s gearbox right at the end of the last lap.
“I’m sitting here pretty happy because I felt I did all I could,” said Ricciardo. “The perfect race. If there was anything that could have been more perfect it was the start, but Nico got off the line well. So, even with an amazing start we wouldn’t have got the jump. It looked like his was near-perfect. From that point we just tried to do what we could.
“The team put me on a three-stop at the end. It was fun. It was good to push the whole race and I knew I would get close to Nico at the end. So even if the track’s difficult to overtake, it was nice to be able to push to the last lap and know that I was at least putting some pressure on him and giving the crowd still a little bit of hope.”
Although Singapore was seen as the team’s best hope Ricciardo hasn’t ruled out a Red Bull win in 2016.
“With some rain, yeah. I think in dry circumstances this was our best shot. We got within half a second but after the race I said on the radio to the team that we will win this year. We’ll get a downpour somewhere and that’ll hopefully throw a few curve balls and we can middle it and get the victory we’re after.”