Daniil Kvyat says he was impressed to see his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo up his game during qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix after losing out to his team-mate when it mattered around the Marina Bay Circuit.

The Russian - who is ahead of his race winning team-mate in the overall standings - appeared to be Red Bull's strongest contender in the run up to qualifying, proving quickest of all in FP2 and third best during FP3 behind only the Ferraris.

However, come qualifying, Kvyat could not match the Australian's run to the front row as he had to settle for fourth position instead.

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His best ever qualifying performance in F1 regardless, though Kvyat was disappointed not to maintain his superiority over Ricciardo, he admits his team-mate's ability to improve when it matters is something he wants to learn from.

"He is usually quite on it when it comes to qualifying," he said. "It is not a big surprise. However, it is to good watch this and learn from it - it is quite interesting."

Regarding his performance in isolation, Kvyat was satisfied to be up at the sharp end, predicting the race winner will either come from Ferrari and Red Bull, rather than the erstwhile dominant Mercedes drivers.

"As the lights go off we will try to do everything to move ahead," he said. "So this will be our main target tomorrow. Only look forward. When you start from there we will try to do everything to beat the cars ahead.

"It is Ferrari-Red Bull at the moment. These two teams are quite ahead of everyone, but tomorrow is the race and everything can still change and everything can still be different."