An outstanding long run on soft rubber during second free practice (which proved competitive with championship leader Nico Rosberg), has given Red Bull hopes of mounting an attack on Mercedes if practice times are to be believed.
As proved during his extended runs at China last year whilst still at Toro Rosso, Daniel Ricciardo’s race simulation times indicated that the Milton Keynes squad could at least aim for a top two spot on strategy, if not outright speed.
'The team said we did alright on the long run, and we got the most laps out of the option compared to the others from what I understand,' said Daniel.
'That is positive. But we will see. It is only positive if you can do one less...
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