Daniel Ricciardo says he is expecting Mercedes to 'turn it up' in time for qualifying at the Marina Bay Circuit but is confident Red Bull Racing is genuinely in the mix for the Singapore Grand Prix.

Having taken deliberate engine changes and penalties last time out in Monza in an effort to give it the best possible chance in Singapore, Red Bull's gamble appears to be paying off as Daniil Kvyat topped the timesheets in FP2 and Ricciardo was third best.

Happy to be up at the sharp end once again, Ricciardo is sceptical over whether Red Bull has a shot at genuinely challenging Mercedes, but says he has Ferrari in his sights for a podium challenge.

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"I am not really looking towards Mercedes tomorrow," he said. "I am sure that they will turn it up and find the way. Ferrari and Williams normally turn it up on Saturday. Hopefully whatever they do will not be too much, and we can fight for somewhere on the podium.

"We had quite a bit of traffic on the option lap in P2, so we still have a bit more pace in us, which is nice, but Saturday is the important one. I am just happy that we started off on the right foot today. The car felt pretty strong out of the box.

"As expected it is performing well around here, so fingers crossed the other guys don't find too much speed tomorrow and we stay more or less where we are."