Daniel Ricciardo believes that Red Bull is closing the gap between main rival Ferrari following his RB11 showed a reliable performance in Friday both practice session for the Chinese Grand Prix.
“Hopefully, the leaderboard is not lying too much,”, Australian told Reuters after ending Friday practice behind Mercedes’ world champion Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.
“Today looked good but I don’t want to jump to conclusions yet…I still think Mercedes for sure are quicker but Ferrari as well is at the moment a small step ahead.
“We seem to be a bit quicker than Williams at this stage. They always seem to come on a bit stronger on Saturday but for now we seem to be the third-best team and we’re trying to at least hold that.”
The Australian also added that RB11 felt better to drive thanks to aerodynamic updates and progress Renault has made on solving driveability issues.
“We had a few updates and you feel the benefits from that so that’s always nice when they bolt new things on the car.
“Driveability on Renault’s side is getting better so it’s positive. We obviously still have some more steps to make but we’re at least making them in the right direction.”