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Vettel secured six straight podiums on Singapore's floodlit Marina Bay street circuit until his run ended with a fifth place a year ago. A Mercedes win would be considered an upset in Singapore, whose 23 corners and lack of long straights tend to play to Ferrari's strengths. Red Bull is expected to challenge but Ferrari could use that to its advantage if it is able to put the Milton Keynes-based team between itself and Mercedes in the race.

"If we can get the vehicle in a place we're comfortable in, then I think we'll definitely be strong", said the Briton.

'Sometimes, characteristics like this are simply in the DNA of a auto.

This is a auto which caused Mercedes considerable angst in Monaco, with Ferrari in a different pace league all weekend at the Principality.

Mercedes has made little secret of the fact Singapore is its bogey circuit.

Vettel now sits three points adrift of Lewis Hamilton in the driver standings, and the Singapore Grand Prix is most likely his best opportunity of the season, to claw back that number one sport.

The Formula One circus heads to Singapore following the conclusion of the European leg of the season at the Italian Grand Prix. The youngster and his father Jos - a former F1 driver - both said after the Belgian GP they're not sure what lies in store if Red Bull and Renault can't organise a package capable of delivering sustained success. It is a track that requires more downforce, which so far this season has been the domain of Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel.

The Finnish driver, who joined as an emergency replacement after Nico Rosberg retired just days after winning last year's title, was awarded a one-year extension this week for 2018.

Then there was 2015.

"I've started second and finished second at this track in the last two years, with fastest lap both times", he said. Race day was little better as one auto finished fourth while the other retired.

Mercedes have been on pole in 66 of the last 71 races.

"(It's) one of our best chances of a win in the second half of the season", said the Australian, who won in Azerbaijan and lies fourth in the standings.

"But notwithstanding that success, this is a circuit we have found hard to master with its combination of short, sharp corners, relatively short straights and bumpy surface".

"We were making big setup changes between the first and the second session, but still didn't quite find the right setting".

Can Mercedes win this year? "We have still managed to get podiums but we haven't realistically been in the championship hunt so it really needs to happen with Red Bull next year - at least from my point of view", Ricciardo said.

While Ferrari will start the Singapore Grand Prix weekend as favourites, do not be surprised to see Red Bull in the mix, too.

Watch the Singapore GP LIVE on Sky Sports F1 this weekend.

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