Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo believes that the Milton Keynes outfit is a lot closer to the dominant Mercedes at the Brazilian Grand Prix than at recent races.

The Aussie ended the day fourth fastest on the timesheet, with a 0.883 difference to that of pace setter Nico Rosberg. But Ricciardo was optimistic that his longer run performances on both Pirelli’s Soft and Medium tyre compounds were more competitive.

“It is our best long runs we have seen, even though they were not very long. We were pretty good today,” explained Ricciardo.

“We feel that we are normally playing a bit of catch up to Mercedes, although we are still a lot closer than we have been at the last few, so that is promising.”

The Australian admitted however, that Red Bull will need wet weather to challenge the silver arrows for pole.

“We have a good chance in the wet, but let’s see what happens,” he continued. “In the dry we have to aim for the second row.”

His team-mate Sebastian Vettel finished the day in ninth in the second Red Bull, but is hopeful for a better weekend.

“We had a few issues, but I don’t think we had too many Fridays that were trouble free,” said the four-time World Champion.

“If it’s wet then I think it brings things a lot closer to us, but even in the dry if we get everything right we should be in a reasonable place.”

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Michael Terminello

Journalist at MotorsportM8