Red Bull Racing duo Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat have expressed confidence of an improved showing for the team after Friday practice at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Both drivers suffered from driveability issues at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, but are more optimistic after testing a number of new components over the Friday practice sessions at the Sepang circuit.

Kvyat finished fourth-fastest in his RB11 – just 0.556 seconds slower than Lewis Hamilton’s quickest time of FP2 – to underline the improvements made, coming days after a bout of public mud-flinging between the team and engine partner Renault, with each accusing the other of the poor showing in Melbourne.

“We had a few small issues at the end of the session, but nothing too big and it looks better for us here; we got some good laps today,” Kvyat said afterwards.

“We are looking to make some steps overnight and we will keep working. There is definitely potential and things are looking better compared to Melbourne, we just need to keep working hard.”

Ricciardo’s Friday programme featured limited running thanks to an unspecified technical issue which restricted him to just eight laps in FP2, but he has drawn encouragement from Kvyat’s pace.

“Some things are definitely positive and the bulk of the driveability issues we had in Melbourne are a lot better now,” the Australian said.

“The car was a lot nicer to drive. We got to do a few set up things this morning then we had a few issues this afternoon which limited our running.

“But there are some positives and we got some good feedback from Dany; he wasn’t too far off the pace of the Ferraris so that’s good and encouraging for tomorrow.”

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