Ricciardo surprised by McLaren’s pace

After Friday’s practice session concluded, Red Bull racer Daniel Ricciardo has said that Jenson Button setting the third fastest lap of the day was quite surprising.

McLaren driver Button surprised everyone when he set the fastest lap behind Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton in Bahrain.

“Jenson was surprising pace … not him the team had surprising pace,” the Australian joked. “He is alright for an old man!”

However, Ricciardo adopted a more serious tone when asked whether or not Toro Rosso and McLaren have a chance of finishing ahead of them on race day on Sunday.

“You don’t know. It is still early in the season. Even if Jenson was on 5 kilos of fuel it was still a pretty decent lap time, so we will see tomorrow,” said the 26-year-old, who only completed 23 laps in the second practice session.

“On the long runs we should have them covered. That is only going by what we learned in Melbourne. Here it is still a little bit hazy.”

“The first session went okay and then P2 I didn’t get many good runs. The very first lap of the run I locked the front into Turn 1 on the soft tire and then we couldn’t use that again for the long runs.

“We missed quite a lot of high fuel running, and then the high fuel running we did get with the option was interrupted with all those virtual safety cars, so missed out on a bit of information.”

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