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F1 Abu Dhabi GP: Ricciardo anticipates overnight gains for Red Bull

Daniel Ricciardo expects Red Bull to find the lap time it needs to keep main rivals Ferrari at bay and leaders Mercedes honest
Daniel Ricciardo is confident Red Bull can find the gains it needs overnight to keep Ferrari at bay heading into qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The two teams were closely matched in second free practice around the Yas Marina Circuit, with Ricciardo ending up in fifth position, just two tenths behind third place man Sebastian Vettel.

It was a result the Australian was satisfied with, not least because he expects Red Bull can find more performance overnight to maintain its current form as Mercedes' closest rivals on the track

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“On one lap we can still find a few tenths, maybe everyone else can as well, but I am confident that we can make a small step from where we were today. The long run today was good, and on the long run we can also find a little bit.

“The race simulation looked promising this morning, and this afternoon we seemed to be competitive enough. We can still make the car better, so I am confident going into tomorrow we can be strong. But even more confident going into Sunday.”

Ricciardo says he is also keen to see how qualifying for the two title challengers – Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg – pans out given their closeness after FP2.

“Here you can definitely push and go on the limit, so we will see tomorrow. Maybe he [Nico] is holding back a bit, not showing Lewis too much, but it is going to be interesting. Everyone predicts Lewis to take the pole, so it will be interesting to see how it plays out tomorrow.”


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