“I expected this to be honest. I knew we’d come here with a good car. I felt prepared. We need to make sure we keep that tomorrow. I have a lot of faith we can stay here all weekend,” Ricciardo told Sky F1.
“Seb was up there this morning so I think Ferrari will get it together. I’m sure it will tighten up tomorrow but I think we can stay here.”
Ferrari are languishing down the leaderboard and looked off the pace in FP2, even though Sebastian Vettel was unable to put a hot lap together because of traffic and a collision with the barrier.
Mercedes’ non-executive chairman Niki Lauda was expected Ferrari to dominate here, but now is worried by the threat posed by Red Bull.
“I said Ferrari could be a problem and now it’s Red Bull,” Lauda revealed to Sky F1.
“From what I have seen today, Red Bull are outstanding.
“It was a little worse for us than I expected but for some reason Ferrari are slower. I don’t know why.”