• Second Bahrain Test - Day Two

Ricciardo sure Red Bull has made 'big step'

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Daniel Ricciardo is confident Red Bull has made a breakthrough with its 2014 car after a more positive day of testing on Friday.

Red Bull made a cautious start to the second day of the test after fixing the car overnight, but by the afternoon was up to speed and Ricciardo set the third fastest time. It was Ricciardo's last day in the RB10 ahead of the first race and he was much happier with the way it went.

"In the afternoon we did some good stuff," he said. "We had a go on the soft tyre, which was nice, to see how the car responds with a bit more grip. We also did one long run at the end, which was very important, just to see how the car is behaving with the tyres.

"A big improvement everywhere over yesterday and a much more optimistic outlook now I think. We still have a lot to learn and understand, but we're making progress and the past two days have been a big step in the right direction."

Sebastian Vettel will take over on Saturday and Sunday and race engineering co-ordinator Andy Damerum is confident he has a better package to play with.

"Daniel was able to do a longer run of 20 timed laps, our longest so far," Damerum said. "The car is still difficult to drive for Daniel but we'll tune that out. We have more parts to fit overnight and hopefully we'll be able to get some more decent runs in with Sebastian over the next two days and also give him the opportunity to do some performance runs. Overall a good day today and very encouraging."

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