Daniel Ricciardo doesn’t know what to expect from this weekend’s United States Grand Prix. After heavy rain limited the Australian’s running to just nine laps in Friday practice – and with wet conditions expected again on Saturday – he and his rivals may not get dry action until Sunday, and the Red Bull driver feels they could be in for a surprise on race day…
Ricciardo, who has previously finished twice on the podium in Austin, can take little from his Friday running, with the wet conditions and a puncture limiting his on-track appearance in the day's first session.
Then in the second, he was one of four drivers to save his tyres, opting against driving on a wet and tricky Circuit of The Americas track. But despite little action in the first day of the Grand Prix weekend, he remains hopeful that he can deliver a result under the Star Spangled Banner.
“We would obviously have liked to run a bit more today but I got a puncture in my first set of intermediates this morning so we couldn’t use that set again,” said Ricciardo.
“If we had used another set in FP2 that could have taken a set away from us tomorrow in qualifying, which is obviously more important than running this afternoon.
“If we had more tyres available, we would have seen more running. Fortunately, this morning we got a few laps in and understood a bit about the car in these conditions and we definitely felt an improvement from Monza.