Daniel Ricciardo failed to make good on his own prediction of a Red Bull Formula 1 win in Singapore on Sunday, finishing second for the third year in a row at Marina Bay.

After promising long runs in Free Practice, neither Red Bull could match Sebastian Vettel's pole lap, but Ricciardo was optimistic they could triumph in the race.

However, Ricciardo was left frustrated in second at the chequered flag behind Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, who appeared to struggle earlier in the weekend. 

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"I can’t win the bloody thing, I’m trying, I’m trying! I like it around here," Ricciardo joked on the podium.

"Today, we don’t have probably that Friday pace we showed in practice to have the edge on Mercedes, so a little bit disappointed obviously to miss out on a win.

"I’ve still got to be pretty grateful and happy with another podium."

A podium finish for Ricciardo is better than his teammate managed, with max Verstappen retiring on Lap 1 after a crash also involving Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen.

"I just kind of watched the chaos unfold in front of me. It was probably a good thing I had a bad start, otherwise I would have got caught up in it," Ricciardo said.

"It just looked like three were trying to go into one.

"I don’t know whose fault it was, but it was just too close."