Daniel Ricciardo expects to be more comfortable chasing a podium in tomorrow's Chinese Grand Prix despite losing the appeal against his exclusion from Australia.

Red Bull was unsuccessful in getting Ricciardo reinstated to second place in Melbourne after he was excluded for constantly exceeding the maximum permitted fuel flow, robbing him of the first podium of his career. However, speaking exclusively to Crash.net after qualifying second in China, Ricciardo said it still feels like he has achieved that result.

"Definitely not any added pressure [to finish on the podium]," Ricciardo said. "I think getting the first one out of the way - even though it obviously got taken off me - took a lot of weight off of my shoulders and doing it at home as well was a bit of a double whammy.

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"I'm sure if the opportunity is there tomorrow I'll probably be a bit more comfortable about it and hopefully we can get it up there; that's really the plan."

And Ricciardo said he wasn't surprised to be able to outqualify Nico Rosberg on Saturday, with both he and team-mate Sebastian Vettel getting ahead of the second Mercedes. Asked if he had exceeded expectations, Ricciardo replied: "I don't know, I guess I don't really have too many expectations.

"I knew we could be quick in the wet so I wasn't really sure what to expect from qualy. It is nice to get both cars head of one at least; the ideal target is to at one stage be in front of both of them but to split it is good. Obviously Hamilton still has a pretty big gap but as far as I'm concerned I got the most out of at least my car today in that last lap so I'm pretty pleased."