Daniel Ricciardo says that the Red Bull RB11 is easier to drive compared to recent races as the squad emerged as Mercedes' nearest challenger during practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Ricciardo suffered an engine failure in the second session but was still able to finish in third position, with team-mate Daniil Kvyat second only to Lewis Hamilton.
Ricciardo, who has scored just one point across the last three races, is confident of a better showing at the Hungaroring.
"The car felt good today" he said. "The balance is better and it’s an easier car to drive than in recent races. We didn’t make any big changes, just a few minor things that seem to be working well.
"This track suits us, as it’s less of a power circuit. It’s quite a bumpy track but we seem to be doing okay. We were using an old engine so we won’t have any penalties for that."
Kvyat remains upbeat but is wary that Red Bull still has to make progress.
"It was a good day for us today, the car performed well, however it’s only Friday and we have to keep pushing so that we turn that into a good result in qualifying tomorrow," he said.
"Both our cars looked competitive, straight-line speed is less important here and that suits us."