Daniel Ricciardo feels once he finds strong balance with his Red Bull he can push much further forward and says he takes no extra joy from beating new team-mate Max Verstappen.
The Australian driver was narrowly pipped by Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz as the best of the rest behind the Ferrari and Mercedes duo but has held on to a two-tenths advantage on newly-promoted team-mate Verstappen.
Despite the huge media attention surrounding Verstappen's debut on the other side of the garage Ricciardo says he was content to focus on his set-up which he was overall pleased with.
“Sure I am aware of the lap times but it is not really looking at what he [Verstappen] is doing today, it is just trying to get my side of the garage comfortable,” Ricciardo said. “This morning I was relatively happy. This afternoon we could still find a bit more when you look at the signs.
“We have some more speed to find, so we will work on that. Generally it was not a bad day, I am pretty happy with the Friday.
“I think we can do better. Today we were okay, we were not bad. We have a bit more potential so it is just finding that now with balance. I have driven the car around here quite a few times, and in some places we are maximizing it and in others it did not really feel like we got the most out of it.”
Ricciardo says he had no problem with all the attention given to his new team-mate and is confident the pair will work together to continue to develop the RB12 this season.
“I have always got a spark, so I am happy to be racing, and it is good to start on Friday,” he said. “I had good energy so no more than normal. But sure everyone is keeping a close eye on the team this weekend and how Max goes. So it is cool, it is exciting for me. I am a small part of it so it is fun.”