The Red Bull Racing team enjoyed an untroubled Friday practice at the British Grand Prix, leaving Daniel Ricciardo to suggest that the team could threaten for a top-five finish behind the leading Mercedes and Ferraris in Sunday’s 52-lap race at Silverstone.

The Australian finished Friday’s second practice session sixth-fastest, just 0.14 seconds behind fifth-placed teammate Daniil Kvyat, in the Renault-powered RB11, which he believes will unlock more pace after a thorough analysis of their performance overnight with his engineers.

“We made some progress today, but we still need to keep working,” Ricciardo said after Friday’s on-track running.

“The positions are good to have both cars in the top six, but I think we can still gain more lap time. Within the balance, I don’t think we’re in the perfect window and we will aim to achieve that tomorrow.”

Ricciardo did, however, temper his enthusiasm, expressing concerns that the Williams team – which had Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas finishing tenth- and twelfth-fastest respectively in FP2 – was yet to really show its hand.

“I think Williams will close up [to us]. They always seem to be more on the money on the Saturday, but I would say with the gap we had today we should remain in front of them.”

Image via Infiniti Red Bull Racing

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