The local hero Daniel Ricciardo is itching to show what he can do after a frustrating first day of Australian Grand Prix practice at Albert Park.
He admits that very frustrated with limited practice time, he was only 10th position in opening practice with five laps and failed to run a lap in the second session as his team changed a damaged Renault engine.
The Red Bull speedy admits he is “more and more anxious to drive” in Australian GP.
“The whole week has been a bit of a tease,” Ricciardo said.
“We have talked about racing a lot and today was my chance to do a few more laps, but obviously we have the next few days.
“I am more and more anxious to drive… I have ants in my pants. So it’s just a bit more frustrating. It helps having two cars on track rather than one, but we will pick ourselves up and do what we can over the weekend now. It is a small set-back but I think we can get our stuff together tomorrow morning in free practice three and still have a strong qualifying.”
“There are no concerns about tomorrow now, it was a job not worth rushing to get five laps this afternoon. It was just do the work properly and make sure we had a race car that will do the laps tomorrow.
“I hold a lot of confidence that it will. It would be nice to get more laps in today but it is definitely too early in the weekend to be down, so we will pick ourselves up tomorrow.
“It helps having two cars on track but at least [Daniil] Kvyat had a pretty smooth session. I will listen in on the meeting and try and learn as much as they learnt.”