Daniel Ricciardo is optimistic about Red Bull’s chances in Brazil after a “pretty good start” to the weekend.
The Australian was fourth fastest in Free Practice Two at Interlagos on Friday, slotting in behind the two Mercedes cars of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, and Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari.
However, he was right there up with the pacesetting Mercs during the longer runs late in the session, giving him plenty of reason to be hopeful of their chances over the weekend.
“In dry conditions, I think we’re good enough for the second row and if it rains, then who knows – maybe the front row can be possible,” he said.
He added on Autosport: “Early signs are good. It is our best long runs we have seen, even though they were not very long.
“Like for like we were pretty good today for a Friday.
“We feel we are normally playing a bit of catch up on [Mercedes]. And although we still are, we are closer than we have been at the last few, so that is promising.
“I feel good. I think it was a really good Friday for us.”