Ricciardo: Tyres and weather to define race
18 July 2014 – Daniel Ricciardo reckons Sunday's German Grand Prix will be "defined" by tyre management if the hot practice temperatures continue into the weekend.
Hockenheim experienced air and track highs of 33°C and track at 58°C during Friday's action, adding to the challenge of the Super Soft and Soft tyre allocation.
"I think tyres and weather will define the race on Sunday," said Red Bull driver Ricciardo, who ended the day third fastest and only one tenth of a second behind Lewis Hamilton's pace-setting Mercedes.
He added: "We were happy with our progress and it seems to be one of the closer gaps for a while, but it's tomorrow when we'll see how close we really are.
"I think we had a good car today and we extracted pretty much everything we could out of the practice. Hopefully we can have more of a fight with the leaders this weekend."
Sebastian Vettel experienced a more challenging day en route to eighth position, but the reigning World Champion is confident of making overnight gains.
"I think we can improve from there for tomorrow," explained Vettel.
"I don't think not having the FRIC suspension on the car made too much difference to us today, although I haven't had a proper look at the other cars yet.
"I think it will be fairly close between the cars this weekend."