Mixed weather "an opportunity" for Red Bull - Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo believes the mixed weather conditions could offer Red Bull a chance to do better than expected in the Australian Grand Prix.

The first two practice sessions of the season-opening event took place in on a damp track after the rain hit the circuit as predicted.

Red Bull driver Ricciardo finished FP2 in fourth place, having been third-quickest in the morning.

"I think anything that is a little bit variable for now will suit us," said Ricciardo.

"So, it is a shame that we didn't get to do more laps today but I am not too frustrated with the position we are in.

"At least it is the same for everyone and I think we will be able to adapt quick in changing conditions tomorrow.

"If it is dry, then we will hopefully find something a bit quicker than others."

The Australian reckons the lack of running today, together with the new qualifying system, may give his team an opportunity to do well.

"Any time you are not the best team, you think any change can help," he added. "You have got less to lose.

"So I think today with the conditions like that and going into an interesting qualifying format tomorrow, it could be an opportunity for us.

"Hopefully we can sneak up a couple of rows further up than we could in dry conditions."

He added: "With the conditions we felt that we didn't do much constant running, so I think tomorrow is going to be a little bit of a mixed bag for everyone. With the laps I did everyone was happy.

"I think the car is in a different place, so just roll on tomorrow and see where we end up. There will probably be some more unanswered questions tonight but tomorrow we will answer them."

Additional reporting by Jonathan Noble

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Series Formula 1
Event Australian GP
Track Albert Park Circuit
Drivers Daniel Ricciardo
Teams Red Bull Racing
Article type Breaking news