"I know this is a last-minute calendar this year so I don't want to be critical but if there were some other categories it would help grip the track in but we are doing all the work. It is the same for everyone, I just want to go faster that is all."
Ricciardo was left most disappointed by the missed chance to attack the Turkish venue but remains optimistic after what he claims was a strong end to the day.
"I probably speak for most, but it was pretty frustrating because it is such a beautiful circuit and we want to push it," he added.
"We were a little bit restricted with the new surface and the grip. We had to be quite patient, but hopefully, it will pick up a bit. I think it is going to rain so we might just have to deal with that this weekend.
"We struggled a bit. We found a little bit right in the last few minutes with the set-up so we are more confident, even though we don't look great on the timesheets, we are more confident now.
When asked whether he would be like Bambi on ice if rain fell over the weekend, Ricciardo joked: "We will aim for Olympic [skater] levels.
"I am certainly confident we will be better than 15th. I will do my homework. I am sure we will get a bit more out of it, but let's chase the Olympics."
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