Vettel back at his best? Red Bull's Singapore Grand Prix Review

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We look at how Red Bull fared at the Singapore Grand Prix and rate the performances of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo.

Red Bull had been hopeful of a strong result in Singapore and the Milton Keynes-based squad weren't disappointed. Second and third - which everyone was keen to point out afterwards was their "maximum" - represents an excellent weekend for the team. What's more, they'll have been pleased to see Sebastian Vettel back to something approaching his past best.

Sebastian Vettel: Grid 4th. Finish 2nd. Rating 9/10

Having won the past three Singapore Grands Prix Vettel was always going to be strong at Marina Bay. Qualifying was slightly disappointing, with team-mate Daniel Ricciardo beating him by 0.05 seconds. However he quickly passed the German in the race and spent the early stages running second.

Fernando Alonso overhauled him after the second round of pit stops, but the safety car allowed him to move back into P2 as the Spaniard ducked in for another stop. Vettel ran the remainder of the race on the same set of tyres, doing brilliantly to hang on in the latter stages.

He may not quite be back to his best, but Singapore gave the rest of the field a worrying hint that Vettel has the capacity to return to winning ways sooner rather than later.

Daniel Ricciardo: Grid 3rd. Finish 3rd. Rating 8/10

A solid run for the Australian yielded his seventh podium of 2014. However it could perhaps have been better still, as Ricciardo was slowed by a battery issue that, as team boss Christian Horner later explained, cost the 25-year-old significant time.

"He had a problem on the run down to Turn 1 at the start," said Horner. "Then again, probably before half-distance, we had an issue with the battery which would not discharge.

"It required quite a lot of management to try to help him out and the problem was intermittent. On some laps he would lose three or four tenths, on some laps it would be nothing."

Without the problem, Ricciardo could potentially have beaten Vettel. That would have been a huge psychological win on a circuit the German has such a fine record at. As it was he had to settle for P3. However, the fact that Ricciardo can be disappointed with coming home just behind Vettel shows what a brilliant season he has had thus far.