When any team is competing for the championship, the relationship between their two drivers is always a point of contention and with Red Bull potentially leaning towards the young Dutchman, Ricciardo could soon be driving elsewhere.
Not only has Vettel collected more victories, podiums and points than Hamilton at the remaining tracks despite fewer entries, but his most successful races of all time have been in Singapore, Malaysia and Japan - each of which he has won four times.
Sergio Perez, who has scored points in all of his Singapore GP appearances, was an impressive fifth for Force India.
"Singapore will be a different story but it's better to go there in the lead than behind", the team's non-executive chairman Niki Lauda said after the Monza race. He also produced a spirited performance a year ago as he raced from the back of the grid to finish at the fifth spot.
After dismal performances in several races this season, most notably the Italian Grand Prix, Red Bull team principal, Christian Horner announced that he would be putting new engines in the auto.
What will frustrate him more perhaps is seeing his teammate consistently delivering exceptional race finishes, as he did last time out in Italy. With Verstappen and Ricciardo both recently telling ESPN their long-term futures at Red Bull hinge around its ability to deliver a race-winning vehicle, and with Verstappen growing increasingly frustrated at his remarkable string of bad luck this year, a morale-boosting win for the team would be huge going into the final races of 2017.
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The only regular drivers yet to score are Renault's Jolyon Palmer and Sauber's Marcus Ericsson. "At the same time I want to give time to my team". But none of that actually occurred, unsurprisingly...
Verstappen just could have been the hero of the weekend but was once again unlucky.
So, converting their average positions into points would see the 2017 drivers' standings finish like this.
Another disappointment on Sunday in Singapore, the 14th of 20 races and the unofficial start of the title run-in, would deflate optimism of Ferrari's first world title in a decade. Ricciardo's race pace in the later long runs also caught the eye.
Red Bull's Ricciardo has set the fastest lap for the past two years, finishing second on both occasions.
"Obviously not ideal that I lost the auto on my second attempt but overall I'm not yet happy".
"But I am coming here with positivity, and I plan on winning this race". A good performance this weekend may provide a confidence boost for himself, but unless its something extraordinary, it is unlikely to boost his 2018 prospects, which are looking increasingly bleak as the season progresses.