Daniel Ricciardo has no concerns about Renault's recurring issues through Formula 1's pre-season test period in Barcelona that hindered the running of its customer teams.

Both Toro Rosso and the Renault works team suffered a dip in mileage through the second test due to issues with its power unit, with the manufacturer promising fixes in time for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on March 26.

While Ricciardo and the Red Bull team were relatively unaffected by the engine issues, concerns have been fanned for the 2017 F1 title hopefuls as they look to catch Mercedes at the front of the pack.

Ricciardo opted to look on the bright side, instead believing Renault's discovery on the issues on its power unit in testing to be a good thing rather than when it mattered in races.

"The way I see it I try to be more positive, and better to have the problems now than later," Ricciardo said.

"The positive is with having problems now is that you understand why. You have time to repair the problems.

"The track time we missed was not anything with the engine, so for us reliability was good, and hopefully it continues like this.

"So I am okay, I am happy with where we are."

Ricciardo enters 2017 chasing a maiden F1 drivers' crown after finishing third in the championship last year, taking one race win for Red Bull in Malaysia.

The Australian will start the season on home soil next weekend, but is yet to record a podium finish in Melbourne. Ricciardo did initially finish the 2014 race at Albert Park in second place, only to be disqualified over a fuel flow irregularity.

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