Red Bull Racing's Daniel Ricciardo says he is confident he can break into the top-ten on Saturday after finishing Friday practice for the Austrian Grand Prix in a lowly 17th.

Ricciardo had been seventh in the morning session at the Red Bull Ring and believes that is where he would have been roughly in FP2 as well, but for a few issues with graining and just not putting the lap together.

"We had it [graining] a bit here last year in some of the practice sessions, so it is combination of it being cold; the track surface here is very smooth, and it produces these sort of issues with the fronts," he explained. "We will get on top of it."

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"[Also] for the low fuel I didn't really put the lap together," he added. "With all the sectors lining up we are in the top eight or nine or so, which is what we expected to be this weekend. We will put it all together tomorrow and a top eight will be a good day for us."

With a ten-place penalty hanging over his head, however, for an engine change, he won't line-up that well on the grid on Sunday.

"I was prepared for it [the penalty]," he continued. "I knew it was going to come soon. Looking at the tracks coming up, this is our weakest, so we will take it on the chin here. At least we can do some overtaking in the race, so it should not be too dull..."