Daniel Ricciardo says he can be personally satisfied to have qualified seventh for the 2015 Australian Grand Prix, but concedes the fourth row is the maximum he can extract from the Red Bull at this time.

Having undertaken an alternative pre-season testing programme, Red Bull's ultimate pace had been one of the question marks coming into the Melbourne opener, but persistent technical issues have hampered the team's progress this weekend after Ricciardo took a power unit change in FP2 and lost time with niggles in FP3.

Despite this, Ricciardo made it into Q3 and hauled the RB11 up to seventh on the grid, but though he was happy with his recovery, he admits the result - which was six tenths off Felipe Massa in third place - is probably the best he can hope for at this time.

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"We can't realistically hope to be on pole or fight for the win tomorrow all things being equal, but for me personally it doesn't change the way I drive. I drive 10 out of 10 each time and maximise it, which is why I am pretty pleased with today because I think I was able to get everything out of it.

"It is only a seventh but I feel personally satisfied with what I did. I would love it to be a pole in the near future, but that it where we are at the moment. I want to be fighting further up the grid, no doubt about it, but not much more to do for now."

With engine supplier Renault coming under increasing pressure to improve from Red Bull's management, Ricciardo remains relatively pessimistic heading into his home race, but is hopeful he can ascend higher than his qualifying position.

"Anything better than seventh would be really good," he continued. "If everyone was to stay on track, I think better than seventh would be all we could really ask for. If I sit around in seventh and we finish the race and we learn a lot, we will take it but obviously you always want to look forward.

"Realistically I think today is where we are and unless there is a bit of a curve ball tomorrow, then we probably can't do too much more on pure pace."

Ricciardo finished second in his first race for Red Bull last season, but was later disqualified for a fuel flow irregularity.