Daniel Ricciardo says he is ready to take the fight to Sebastian Vettel during qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

During FP2, Ricciardo was quicker than his team-mate and set the fourth fastest time behind the two Mercedes' and Fernando Alonso. At the end of Friday's running, Ricciardo was asked if he was surprised to see Vettel studying his data to see where he was losing time but played down the significance, replying: "No not at all.

"Even if he was quicker everywhere there's always something to look at. There's always a bit of curiosity about what another driver is doing. Obviously he is Vettel, he is the reigning champ but he's not a superhero. Today is just practice but I think tomorrow I can give him a good challenge."

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While Ricciardo will take a 10-place grid penalty after qualifying for an incident at the Malaysian Grand Prix, he said provisionally qualifying on the first or second row is his aim.

"I'd love to qualify on the front two rows - well I'd love to be on pole - but today we were top four so if we could stay there then top three would be very nice and just race hard from wherever that puts me."

Asked how he was preparing himself for a race from further back on the grid, Ricciardo repied: "Sunday I just have to make sure that the aggression is on, the honey badger is ready to go and you will see an exciting race on Sunday I'm sure!"