Ricciardo says Red Bull "a lot better" than P6

Daniel Ricciardo believes his Red Bull team is in "a lot better" shape at the Bahrain Grand Prix than its subdued showing in the second practice session suggested.

Ricciardo says Red Bull "a lot better" than P6
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB14 with aero paint
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB14
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB14
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB14 Tag Heuer, leaves the pits
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB14
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB14

The Aussie topped first practice in the daytime, beating the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas by three tenths, but was then only sixth and nine tenths off the pace in the evening FP2.

But Ricciardo remains convinced of Red Bull's potential this weekend, as he insisted there were factors that limited his performance in second practice.

"I don't think the positions this evening are too important," Ricciardo claimed. "We can be a lot better than that.

"I got the traffic on the first lap so I had to go for the second lap, and for sure there's a bit of laptime there.

"We changed a few things this evening and it didn't work as we expected, but yeah, the morning was better for us.

"So I think we can find a happy medium with the balance, go back on a few things and see how it goes.

"That session didn't go well for us, but I think the feeling is still not too bad."

Having noted that his low-fuel run was "compromised" by a close-call run-in with the slowing Mercedes of Bottas in FP2, Ricciardo was certain he will be further up the order in qualifying on Saturday.

"I'm still confident that we'll have a good car," Ricciardo said. "I think tomorrow we'll be better than sixth for sure, and yeah, the race will be better than that again."

His teammate Max Verstappen did not log any substantial mileage in FP1, spending most of the session in the garage after a loss of power, before beating Ricciardo to fifth place in FP2 by 0.006s.

"Not the amount of running I wanted but I think second practice was really decent in the long run," the Dutchman said.

"I think after changing the car after the shorter runs - while I was still finding my feeling with the car on this track - we were actually pretty fast in the long runs, so that's always good for the race."

Additional reporting by Adam Cooper

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