Daniel Ricciardo says the driveability of the Red Bull during free practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix has improved considerably after a decision to revert back to settings used during pre-season testing.

The Australian suffered a disrupted day at Sepang after losing time in the afternoon with technical issue, but was nonetheless positive about the RB11 compared with Albert Park two weeks' earlier, saying the much discussed driveability problems from the Renault power unit are much improved.

Describing it as similar to the feeling he had with the car during pre-season testing, Ricciardo is hopeful that this is a sign of better things to come for Red Bull.

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"Some things are definitely positive," he said. "From the first lap this morning the bulk of the driveability issues we experienced in Melbourne are a lot better. It is now similar to what we had back in testing in February. That was our biggest issue in Melbourne, summarising the weekend, and that predominantly is gone now, which is good.

"We got to do a few set-up things this morning and then we had a few issues this afternoon that limited any real running for us. But even though there are not many laps to show [from the day], there are some positives with at least the engine and driveability side."

With team-mate Daniil Kvyat going on to record the fourth fastest time, Ricciardo feels the Russian's position on the timesheets is an indicator of Red Bull's potential this weekend.

"From what I remember the second sector was pretty competitive. That is the high speed stuff and where you are really leaning on the car. Again, I think aerodynamically through the faster corners, the car is good. There is definitely some bright signs with that."