Daniel Ricciardo says Red Bull are pleased to discover their car is more competitive than they expected.
After a fraught winter testing the RB10 ran reliably on the first day in Melbourne, covering 115 laps of the Albert Park track – equivalent to more than two race distances.
“We know a little bit more now which is good,” Ricciardo told reporters after the second practice session. “But at the same time I won’t get ahead of ourselves.”
“Fact is it’s Friday, today was really good, we got a lot of laps done. You could see the atmosphere is a bit more bubbly, the guys are happy, the car’s running and completing lap after lap.
“And the performance doesn’t seem as slow as we expected so what I do know is we’re coming, we’re coming.”
Red Bull were the third-fastest team when the chequered flag dropped on the second practice session. Sebastian Vettel lapped within three-quarters of a second of the pace-setting Mercedes drivers.
But Ricciardo said he needs to close the gap to his team mate.
“After the day we had it’s motivating for me and the whole team so really looking forward to driving tomorrow,” he said.
“Still a little bit off Seb so you know I’ve still got a bit of work to do but pretty pleased with the day.”
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