The McLaren driver finished training at Istanbul Park down in 14th place, 0.5s from teammate Lando Norris.
Explaining his practical problems, Ricciardo revealed that it was simply a case of not putting the lap together on the soft tires.
“It should go fast, but I’m not, well, I do not want to say, for the fans out there, for the fans of RIC 3, DR3, Daniel, it’s me, I would not be worried,” said Ricciardo. “It was just yes, I did not put the lap together.
“But I’m actually quite relaxed. I think we know where we are. I think we’re … there or so. And a little tweaking tonight. From a driving point of view, I actually had a lot of fun today; the course was tough, completely different than last year, the grip was insanely much better and made the experience really enjoyable. Yes, I would not say that time represents the feeling today. ”
The newly laid track surface in Istanbul Park provided a chaotic return in 2020 – a sharp contrast to this year with conditions that have improved significantly.
The Australian was surprised at how much grip there was in Friday’s training.
“I mean we were ready to have grips like this, but I would say it’s still a bit of a surprise to have so much,” he added. “So a bit of a surprise, but the tires – they brought different connections to this this year – they were a step softer, and there was not much difference between the three today.
“It was perhaps a bit of a surprise; I thought the soft would have been miles faster – I do not think that was necessarily the case – maybe so. What does that mean for tomorrow? I’m not sure, so we’ve doing homework tonight. ”
With rain forecast Saturday, Ricciardo is confident McLaren will continue its strong form run under humid conditions.
“On the radar [FP3 might be wet], and then quality may dry up, ”Ricciardo explained. “I do not know. I do not want to be the weatherman. I think we can be prepared for every condition. The wet, lately we have been pretty competitive, so we are not worried, and if it is dry, we are. better than 14. – so we’re OK. ”