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F1 Mexican GP: Ricciardo seeking more speed in slippery Mexico

Daniel Ricciardo is confident there is more pace to come from his Red Bull at the Mexican Grand Prix despite a modest start in free practice.
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Daniel Ricciardo says he has a good platform to work from following the first day of track action for the Mexican Grand Prix as he predicts the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez will improve significantly over the weekend.

With cool conditions and a slippery surface making things tricky for the drivers, Ricciardo would end the day fifth quickest, eight tenths off pace setter Sebastian Vettel in the Ferrari.

Despite the gulf to Red Bull's main rivals, Ricciardo is satisfied that there is more speed to come from both the car and the circuit, the Australian suggesting there could be a 'mixed bag' in strategies for qualifying.

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“Reliability and everything for that today was pretty good, we did a lot of laps which was positive, we still want to find some more speed, it wasn't the perfect day for wheel performance but I think we definitely run a lot so it gives us something to look forward to.

“[We can change] A few things with the setup, I'm sure I can find a little bit here and there and hopefully that's enough, we'll see. It's still very slippery here so to find that balance it's tricky, I think tomorrow it will get better with the grip and then we'll see what happens.

“It's really tricky to actually find the right setup in these conditions, when it's low grip you have a bit of understeer and you have a bit of oversteer, so knowing what way to really set the car up is tricky

“I think we improved it today from the morning but I think there's still some progress to make, so we'll prepare for a pretty low grip track tomorrow and try and improve the balance from there.

“I think tomorrow in qualifying you might see a mixed bag again.”



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