"I will have to try and get a good race tomorrow," he said, trying to look on the bright side of the weekend so far. "If you look at Daniel's performance today, the car definitely has the performance, so I'm looking forward to tomorrow."
Mekies suggested that tyre strategy would be crucial to how the team fared in Sunday's 2012 F1 Grand Prix of India at the Buddh International Circuit
in Greater Noida.
"Tyre management is tricky here as could be seen from the fact that most cars did a lot of laps in qualifying and overall, we are pretty much in the mix, ahead of some of our usual competitors and behind a few others," said the engineer. "This means we can compete with them tomorrow and if we can confirm our usual race pace tomorrow, it should allow us to fight for points."
For his own part, Daniel Ricciardo was certainly up for the challenge: "We are looking alright for tomorrow, as my lap time on used options seems quite respectable," he said.