Ricciardo: Top five would be good result

By on Friday, September 5, 2014
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Daniel Ricciardo says that achieving a top five result during qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix would represent a good result for Red Bull.

Ricciardo, currently third in the championship, endured a challenging day during practice at Monza as his Red Bull RB10 was hit by engine troubles during the morning session.

Ricciardo recovered in the second session, but his time was only good enough for 10th position.

"We didn't get much running this morning due to an engine issue, but it was okay and we recovered well in the afternoon," he said.

"The track's always fun here, for a track with so few corners it's very challenging and with the low downforce braking it’s very difficult.

"Obviously we want to be a bit further up, but I think we can chip away at it tomorrow, the Mercedes will be quick, but if we can sneak into the top five in qualifying then we'll have a good crack at the race. Getting temperature into the tyres is tricky, especially for the first timed lap."

Team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who was seventh fastest, was pleased to have a day of practice without problems.

"It was quite slippery out on track; this year’s cars are down on grip and we have minimum down force in Monza," he said.

It was a good day for us, we didn’t have any problems and were able to do a lot of laps and test some things. It’s important to get Friday right in order to be able to build on that for the rest of the weekend."

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