Daniel Ricciardo confused by Q3 troubles in Singapore

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Max Verstappen has declared himself pleased with his second-place finish in the Singapore Grand Prix despite Red Bull's engine concerns, and added that he felt it "wouldn't have been fair" to pass eventual victor Lewis Hamilton when he was held up by back markers. Hartley's Toro Rosso team mate Pierre Gasly was 13th.

"It's hard to overtake here so I didn't want to take the risk". Unfortunately, during the one lap that would prove to be crucial, we found ourselves behind another auto and so we were unable to run at a fast enough pace.

Hamilton's seventh win of the 2018 season gives him a 40-point advantage over Vettel with six races remaining.

Especially as Hamilton has no intention of easing up.

After a frustrating race, Vettel finished third.

Vettel sits 30 points behind Hamilton in the championship with seven rounds remaining and described himself as his own worst enemy after losing points through driving errors throughout the season, but the German looked focused in a balanced auto ahead of qualifying.

"Going into Q3 I felt the vehicle was working really well and didn't have anything to complain about, so when I saw second on the board I was actually quite surprised given the problems I had". "We lost some time, not ideal, but nevertheless I think the feel that I had for the auto was alright".

"I think the biggest enemy is me", he said.

Pre-weekend expectations were for Ferrari to cruise to victory, but the Italian team's race-day outlook became substantially bleaker when Vettel qualified only third behind polesitter Hamilton and Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen in third.

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"We're not delivering the energy perhaps early enough", said Horner.

Hartely lamented a lack of pace and conceded a tyre strategy didn't work out. We were half a second behind these guys and I was thinking there's no way I'm going to be able to find half a second. A lot of things change quickly especially at this place.

"We chose to do another pit stop and I got stuck behind the Williams and lost a place". A fifth title already looks to be well within his grasp but after this weekend and on such form, even this once seemingly insurmountable target has begun to look achievable.

The race returned to its steady rhythm, but Perez was providing some action further down the field. "It was a tough race, we got to the end but there's no celebrations today".

Hamilton opened a 30-point cushion over Vettel with a surprise win in Monza two weeks ago and while Ferrari are regarded as having a superior auto, the Briton set the second-fastest time of the day just 0.011 seconds back in his Mercedes.

It is looking increasingly like a repeat scenario for the Ferrari driver, who is in disappearing into Hamilton's slipstream.

Both Raikkonen and teammate Sebastian Vettel complained about being dropped into traffic leaving the pitlane, not allowing either driver to prepare their tyres for their qualifying laps.

"Not ideal, we wanted to get pole", Vettel said.

"Other people did a better job", a despondent Vettel said, appearing to question his team's decision-making.

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