• Monaco GP - FP2

Friday tweaks could be the difference - Ricciardo

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Daniel Ricciardo disagrees with Sebastian Vettel's assessment that pole is beyond Red Bull © Sutton Images

Daniel Ricciardo believes Red Bull is just a few small changes away from having the pace to genuinely challenge Mercedes around the streets of Monaco.

Ricciardo came within half a second of Lewis Hamilton's benchmark time as he finished third in FP1, though the rain shower after that session meant the afternoon was limited in its usefulness, with traffic on his final run limiting him to ninth. Ricciardo now believes it is crucial Red Bull takes full advantage of the unique rest day on Friday in Monte Carlo to ensure it arrives ready to challenge for pole on Saturday.

"Yeah, always!" Ricciardo said when asked it pole was a possibility. "It's still early days but if we get it all together I think we challenge them on Saturday. This afternoon we didn't get the chance to do much but the morning went well.

"It's still early days but we seem to be there or there abouts with them. A few little tweaks over the next 24 hours and I think if we get it the way we want we should give them a run."

Though new at the team Ricciardo says he has enjoyed working with technical guru Adrian Newey and admits he is buoyed by the news he is staying at the team.

"I'm very encouraged, we know what Mr Newey is all about. This is my first real season working with him and I'm enjoying it so it will be nice to continue."

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