Ricciardo: I think it was a productive Friday for sure

Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M

Daniel Ricciardo was clearly pleased with his performance in free practice on Friday ahead of the Styrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.

The Australian has not made quite the start to life at McLaren that he would have wanted, but managed to impress in FP2 in particular today, ending the session second quickest with only his former Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen ahead.

Whether he can maintain such sparkling form come qualifying time on Saturday remains to be seen, although Lando Norris’ podium performance at this circuit last season should offer the McLaren team some hope.

Looking ahead to the weekend Ricciardo predicted rain and said at the end of FP2 that he was surprised to get through the day without any.

“So, a good day,” he said. “I’d say strange.

“Strange because we were expecting a lot of rain, especially this afternoon and it didn’t quite arrive. We weren’t expecting two dry sessions. Whether that’s going to stay for the weekend, we’ll see.

“I think it was a productive Friday for sure. In the morning we were a little off the pace. We made a few adjustments for the afternoon and I think that was better. Obviously, the time sheets certainly show it was better. We made a step in feeling and confidence in the car, but I do feel there’s another step we need to make to stay in a strong position for tomorrow. A bit of fine-tuning tonight but otherwise we should be pretty good. I’m happy with the day and we’ll go from there.”