Daniel Ricciardo believes that he and his RB14 will be “pretty decent” in Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos.
The Red Bull man will start down in P11 after his five place grid drop for a new turbo following his retirement in Mexico.
He qualified in P6 but will drop down after Saturday’s qualifying, where he was just 0.002s off his Dutch team-mate.
“It was close but Max got me by two thousandths or something so a smaller margin to last week,” Ricciardo said.
“You saw his face last week but fortunately this is not for pole so it is a little bit more tolerable.
“It was alright, fairly solid. We have got a bit of work to do tomorrow from P11 but I think we have a decent car.”
Despite starting outside of the top ten. he believes the pace in his car will help him get back into the points and to hopefully trouble the top six.
“I think in the end the pace was not that bad,” he added.
“I think we will be pretty decent tomorrow afternoon.
“Yeah, our penalty… We will start P11 now I think.”
Last year, the Australian started the Brazilian race down in P14 and came through to finish in P6. He is hoping for more of the same on Sunday.
“Watch last year’s race, there is a few highlight reels tonight,” he continued.
“I remember it so I will just send a few tomorrow and hopefully get to the front quickly and into the top five.”