The Australian feels his performance was due to the work he put in after his display last season when he could only qualify 10th, which led to a mid-pack first-lap crash and retirement with collision damage later in the race.
"Probably the first time I've ever been hooked up around here," said Ricciardo. "It felt good, the first run I was on it and I stayed on it for the rest of the day, so I'm really happy with another good Friday.
"The car was good out of the box. We didn't make too many changes. I did quite a bit of homework from last year.
"I was a bit off the pace, trying to understand what we could do, and with myself, and then changing the car a little bit more to suit what I felt I missed last year, I think we are in a good place."
Ricciardo, though, believes it is too early to suggest his form so far will lead to a long-overdue podium, particularly with nine drivers behind him within seven-tenths of a second.
"It's early days. If I can put it there in quali then for sure I'll be confident of that," added Ricciardo on his podium chances.
"I think you know there are a lot of cars within two to three-tenths of us, so I'm sure that will be the battle tomorrow. I think it's all going to close up. If we can stay that tenth ahead then we will look all right."
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