RESULTS: Malaysian Grand Prix - Free Practice Results (2)

Daniel Ricciardo says Red Bull has work to do overnight to keep itself in the mix as the Australian driver felt the burn on a scorching first day of action for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

With the combination of searing temperatures and a newly resurfaced Sepang circuit raising track temperatures to more than 60 degrees, Ricciardo admits he struggled to gain as much as his rivals on the soft tyres en route to eighth fastest.

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However, while he previously anticipated Red Bull could suffer with its engine around the high-speed Malaysian circuit, he felt the margin to main rivals Ferrari wasn't as large as it could have been even if he expects it to be ahead in qualifying still.

"I thought Ferrari would be a bit quicker here. Obviously last year they had some good success and we're probably, well at least me, a bit off the pace where I want to be. I think we can get closer, I think they'll still have their nose in front come qualifying, but in the race as we know anything can happen.

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"I don't know what the weather forecast is, but if there's a bit of rain we probably wouldn't turn that down for now. Definitely want to find a bit more in the dry conditions.

Discussing the newly configured circuit, Ricciardo says there is more grip on course but Red Bull is yet to exploit it fully.

"The new surface definitely has more grip in it, that's a positive, but didn't find as much as the others so a little bit of work tonight. We'll definitely make some improvements for tomorrow, it's hard to really know yet how much."

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