Ricciardo unsure on Russian GP chances

Daniel RicciardoDaniel Ricciardo (16/1 Russian Grand Prix – Race Winner) admits he could struggle to compete at this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix as his Red Bull is currently way off the pace being set by his team’s rivals.

The Australian has been the surprise package in 2014, as after being expected to act as a support driver for world champion Sebastian Vettel following his move from Toro Rosso, he has been the only man to trouble the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, winning in Canada, Hungary and Belgium.

However, after briefly looking set to mount a late charge for the world title, the 25-year-old has fallen off the pace in recent races as the silver Arrows have again reasserted their dominance on the competition.

Friday was once again a frustrating day for the Milton Keynes outfit, with Vettel coming seventh in second practice, while Ricciardo (20/1 Russian Grand Prix – Pole Position) could only manage 13th fastest before being forced to withdraw from the track following an issue with his engine.

The Perth native admits he may struggle to make an impact in Saturday’s qualifying and says the team has plenty of work to do before they can consider their RB10 capable of being competitive in Sunday’s race in Sochi.

“We are definitely further off than we expected,” said Ricciardo. “A win today is out of the question but I think it’s probably going to be a bit like Monza – at this stage damage limitation and aiming for a top five.

“I think we are lacking in both areas to be honest [top speed and grip]. We didn’t find a real answer. We have a bit of work ahead of us.”

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