Daniel Ricciardo says his performance in free practice around the Yas Marina Circuit is representative of his pace, but admits he expects Ferrari and Williams to surpass Red Bull come qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Ricciardo ended the day fourth fastest behind only the Mercedes' and the Force India of Sergio Perez, the Australian out-performing both Ferrari and Williams on the timesheets.
However, he is sceptical as to whether he will be enjoying a similar advantage come Saturday and Sunday, since he doesn't believe there is much more speed to eke out of the RB11 compared with its rivals, including Force India.
“We made some adjustments from this morning's set-up, and it went well. The evening is the important session, because that is where we qualify and race, so I am happy with how it went today.
“Today was a good day. Force India was quick - they were surprisingly quick here – and as always, on Saturdays Ferrari and Williams seem to make a step.
“Sure we can maybe find a little bit more, but probably not a whole lot more. Today was pretty representative of our pace, so let's see what happens Saturday. Hopefully the others don't close the gap too much. If we qualify top five we will be happy.”