SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, August 23rd, 2014 (F1Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Daniel Ricciardo warned that it might be difficult for Red Bull Racing to pull away from some of the strong midfield teams at the Belgian Grand Prix.
Ricciardo was ninth fastest in FP1 and eighth fastest in FP2.
The Australian is hoping Red Bull can find some more pace to pull away from the likes of Force India and sister team, Toro Rosso.
“I think we knew it would be difficult to break away from the mid field here - we see Force India, McLaren and Toro Rosso and a few others are strong,” Ricciardo said.
“Hopefully tomorrow [Saturday] we can find a bit more speed and get ahead of them.”
“Our long run is better than our short run pace, so that’s not bad, if we have a good race car Sundays are always more fun.”
Ricciardo’s teammate Sebastian Vettel only completed 11 laps during FP1 and missed FP2 as they were checking the new engine for damage.
“Hopefully the engine we had a problem with today is not damaged, we have to check it properly,” he explained.
“If it is then obviously we have to get another one out, not necessarily for this weekend but some weekends in the future so we’ll have to wait and see.”