Daniel Ricciardo says he was not monitoring the progress of his new Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen during Friday practice for the Spanish Grand Prix.
Ricciardo was 0.181s quicker than Verstappen in second practice, with the Red Bull drivers sixth and eighth in the overall standings. A lot of media attention is focused on Red Bull this weekend, but Ricciardo says he is not paying much attention to Verstappen’s side of the garage.
“I don’t know, it is just practice,” he said. “Sure I am aware of the lap times but I was not really looking at what he was doing today, it is just trying to get my side of the garage comfortable.
“This morning I was relatively happy. This afternoon we could still find a bit more when you look at the signs. We have some more speed to find, so we will work on that. Generally it was not a bad day, I am pretty happy with the Friday.”
Both Red Bull drivers were beaten by Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz and split by McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, but Ricciardo hinted his team had not yet shown its true performance.
“I think we can do better. Today we were okay, we were not bad. We have a bit more potential so it is just finding that now with balance.
“I have driven the car around here quite a few times, and in some places we are maximizing it and in others it did not really feel like we got the most out of it. So a few changes tonight and then tomorrow hopefully we will be a bit further up.”