Ricciardo pleased despite restrictive weather conditions


Daniel Ricciardo said he was happy with his lap times in Friday's free practice despite wet weather causing problems in Melbourne. 

Both practice sessions at Albert Park were affected by rain, with teams wary of spending too much time out on a slippery track.

Ricciardo finished third in FP1 but ended the session in the gravel trap after going off at turn 12, while the Australian guided his RB12 to fourth in FP2. 

Some rain is forecast for Saturday's FP3 and qualifying, and Ricciardo believes more uncertain weather could play into the hands of Red Bull. 

"I would have liked more time for sure, but it's still better than the last few days waiting around - at least we got to do a few laps today," the 26-year-old told Sky Sports.

"It was okay, but it didn't feel like we did too much constant running. So tomorrow's going to be a little bit of a mixed bag for everything. 

"But I think it's cool. The laps we did I was pretty happy, the car's in a decent place, so roll on tomorrow.

"Anything that is a bit variable will suit us. It's a shame we didn't get to do too many laps, but I'm not too frustrated with the position we're in. 

"At least it's the same for everyone and I think we'll be able to adapt quick in changing conditions tomorrow, or if it's dry then we'll hopefully find something."

As for his run-off in FP1, Ricciardo said it was premeditated. 

"That was all planned! I told a bunch of my mates to wait at the exit of Turn 12," he joked.

"They were stoked - they didn't feel I'd pull with it but I did. The car was fine - a bit of gravel but the mechanics love it."