Ricciardo backs Renault upgrade despite frustrating Friday
Daniel Ricciardo remains confident that Renault's upgrades will pay dividends at the French Grand Prix, despite placing outside the top 10 at the end of Friday practice at Paul Ricard. Ricciardo has both a new engine and new aero parts in his new team's home race.
Ricciardo set his fastest time of FP2 on the hard tyre, seemingly unable to make the quickest compound work to its full potential when he ran qualifying simulations.
And the Australian believes there is plenty left in the tank for Saturday's qualifying in Le Castellet.
"It doesn't really show in the overall position now but I went quicker on a hard than a soft so I think we just missed something with the tyre more than the car," he told Sky Sports.
"With the hard it was working pretty well, still not working as well as the McLarens, I don't know what they found but they seems strong – they're kind of the benchmark in our pack now.
"But I'm still not worried about our position. I think we're better than that and hopefully can show a bit more tomorrow.
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