Daniel Ricciardo admits he wouldn't mind a wet Malaysian Grand Prix after getting up to fourth position on the grid ahead of both Williams' and a Ferrari.

With Red Bull enjoying a more competitive weekend at Sepang than in Australia, Ricciardo went into qualifying feeling as though he could close the gap on his most direct rivals, but the arrival of rain would see him leapfrog them instead to secure a spot on the second row.

Accepting he probably wouldn't be starting so high had it been dry, Ricciardo admits a wet race could well work to his advantage again.

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"I won't be disappointed if it rains," he said. "In the dry I don't think we would have been fourth, so we are little more competitive in these conditions. Saying that, I think if it is dry and we get a good start and use my mirrors for 56 laps, we could do pretty well!"

Regarding the weekend as a whole, Ricciardo feels Red Bull and Renault has made as much of a step forward as it could have expected in the two weeks since Melbourne.

"I can't really complain. From where we are now compared to Melbourne it is 'night and day'. It is still not perfect but I think we got the best we can ask for in a two week period. If we keep building on that then I think we will be looking good in the not too distant future."