Despite losing out to Mercedes and Ferrari in practice for the Canadian GP, Daniel Ricciardo believes Red Bull can close the gap on Saturday.
Back in his RB12 for the first time since his Monaco disappointment, Ricciardo had a solid first day in Montreal.
He covered 71 laps on the day and finished FP2 with a best time of 1:15.168.
That meant he was 0.956s slower than pace-setter Lewis Hamilton while putting him P5 on the timesheets, behind both Mercedes drivers, Sebastian Vettel and his Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen.
“We know what today is for – we are learning – and if we put in the right work tonight, we will be pretty close with Ferrari tomorrow. With the right lap, we can be ahead of them,” Ricciardo told Sky Sports F1.
He added: “I don’t think we quite got everything out of it today, but that’s Friday.
“Mercedes had a good buffer on us today, but I feel we have got a bit more to come from all areas tomorrow.
“If we’re within, say, half a second tomorrow, that would be decent enough, and then you never know what happens in the race.
“My happiness with the car today, I think we’re looking OK.”