Ricciardo wary of strong midfield rivals
22 August 2014 – Daniel Ricciardo has conceded that Red Bull faces a tough challenge to break away from midfield rivals in this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps.
The emphasis on straight line speed at the Belgian track meant that the non-Mercedes powered teams were expected to be on the back foot, and such a trend was evident during Friday's practice sessions.
Ricciardo was only eighth fastest in the second session, almost two seconds behind pace-setter Lewis Hamilton.
"I think we knew it would be difficult to break away from the midfield here – we see Force India, McLaren and Toro Rosso and a few of the others are strong," he said.
"Hopefully tomorrow we can find a bit more speed and get ahead of them. Our long run is better than our short run pace, so that's not bad, if we have a good race car then Sundays are always more fun.
"If the track keeps rubbering in, and we'll see what the weather does tomorrow, then it should come a bit more into our hands."