Daniel Ricciardo is hopeful that Red Bull Racing can put up more of a fight to Mercedes at this weekend’s German Grand Prix, while his team-mate Sebastian Vettel expects the field to be much closer.
The team enjoyed a largely positive day at the Hockenheimring. Ricciardo finished today’s opening practice session in fourth place after completing 27 laps. He then moved up to third in practice two, managing 35 laps.
The Aussie says he got the maximum from the car during the two sessions. “I think tyres and weather will define the race on Sunday,” he said.
“Today we were happy with our progress and it seems to be one of the closer gaps for a while, but it’s tomorrow when we’ll see how close we really are.
“I think we had a good car today and we extracted pretty much everything we could out of the practice today. Hopefully we can have more of a fight with the leaders this weekend.”
Vettel ended practice one in sixth place, completing 28 laps, and went on to finish eighth in the second session after also managing 35 laps. “I think we can improve from there for tomorrow,” said the four-time champion.
“I don’t think not having the FRIC suspension on the car made too much difference to us today, although I haven’t had a proper look at the other cars yet. I think it will be fairly close between the cars this weekend.”
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