Daniel Ricciardo has lamented that Red Bull isn't 'as competitive as he would like' following the first day of track running for the Canadian Grand Prix after going the wrong way on set-up.

The Australian was only 14th fastest in the dry FP1 session after new updates on the car proved less effective than hoped, before creeping up to 10th position during the weather-interrupted second session.

Though last year's Canadian Grand Prix was optimistic of his chances after FP2, he admits the stuttered start to the day has put Red Bull on the back foot.

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"We tried a few new things with the car and it didn't get up to speed. It didn't really feel like it was beneficial with the running we did, so we were a bit behind in first free practice, but we came to a more conventional set-up this afternoon.

"It was working better but we didn't get enough laps really. We will move forward tomorrow but we are not as competitive as we would like to be today.

Indeed, with the Mercedes-powered Lotus and Force India teams proving quick around the high-speed Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Ricciardo admits the mid-field will be tightly contested.

"It is tight today and we have Lotus and Force India showing their nose, which was a bit of a surprise. I think when we get it right, we should be in front of that but it is going to be closer than expected this weekend."