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Red Bull feared early Daniel Ricciardo retirement from Singapore GP — Christian Horner

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Alejandro Castrejon | Setiembre 19, 2017, 06:00

I gave it everything and more. "It was probably a good thing I had a bad start, otherwise I would have got caught up in it", Ricciardo said.

Top designer Adrian Newey, whose Renault-powered Red Bull race cars won four successive drivers' and constructors' titles between 2010-13, has worked with Aston Martin on the AM-RB 001 Valkyrie 'hypercar'.

But the Milton Keynes-based outfit, who could have locked out the front row for the first time since the United States Grand Prix in 2013, were denied by a sensational one minute, 39.491 second lap by Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel. "So we were thinking, 'crikey, this is only going to go to half-distance'".

Porsche has flagged its intentions to also supply engines in Formula 1, but wouldn't pull the trigger until new regulations are in place - like Aston.

He was clearly referring to Aston Martin.

"My start was quite slow off the line", he continued. "That wasn't reason we were second and not first".

"We knew today would be tough but I didn't anticipate Ferrari would be as strong as they were".

"Even when we pitted and had fresher tyres, we couldn't really make an impact on Lewis". Ricciardo is fourth, 101 points behind Hamilton.

But whether the gearbox problem cost him a possible win, Horner isn't willing to say.

Australian Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull Racing celebrates with his second place trophy at the end of the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore, on Sept 17, 2017.

Ricciardo took up the story: "The team was asking me to manage the gears through the race", he explained. "But arguably, we could be leading the race", he said after his retirement.

"We want to be more involved in the sport", he told the pair as part of the Channel 4 race broadcast. The car was tricky but it came alive and it got better and better as the night progressed, so really happy we got it done.

"I can't win the bloody thing!"

Having targeted a "dominant weekend" after sweeping both Friday practice sessions, Ricciardo remained optimistic about his chances of a race win despite missing out on pole.

The related moves, if confirmed, could have wide implications for the cars' competitiveness, and for their drivers.