Daniel Ricciardo reckons Red Bull will have to absolutely nail Canadian Grand Prix qualifying or risk ending up way down the grid...
Even though Sebastian Vettel was third in Friday practice, Red Bull have long suspected the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve would be one of their weaker tracks, and Ricciardo knows that they will have to perform to the utmost of their abilities if they are to have a good qualifying result.
Asked if he felt Red Bull could trouble at least the customer Mercedes teams on Saturday, if not Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, Ricciardo said: "I think if we can get it right we can definitely challenge them. But it is really close, and if we don't get it right we can be a long way back as we have seen.
"We have to make sure we nail it.
"It seems pretty close to be honest. There are a few teams who can challenge if not for the front row then for the second row. It seems to be a bit more even this week.
"We have to try to make sure that we are extracting everything out of it to get in front. Today we didn't but we are working on that."
Ricciardo could only manage the 12th fastest time on Friday, and admitted he did not feel comfortable with the car.
"I guess it was a bit of a surprise," he said.
"We obviously hoped to be a bit further up there. I don't feel at home with the car, but at the same time we don't feel 1.5 seconds off.
"We have a bit to understand. What is positive is that Seb put in a quick one, so we can see what he did there and try to see where we are in comparison, see where I need to work and see if we can get further up."