"There's still a bit to unlock from the vehicle and then the rest we need to get it from the engine side as well, because we know in qualifying especially Mercedes can just turn up the engine, which we can't do".
In the first lap of that Barcelona race, Mercedes duo Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton collided and crashed out.
Matured Max Verstappen returns to the scene of his first winVerstappen, who won the race on his debut for Red Bull last season, was fifth fastest with a 1:22.706, while Ricciardo was sixth with 1:23.084, but a long way clear of Kevin Magnussen in the Haas in seventh.
Bottas was ruled by race officials not to have been wholly to blame for the first corner squeeze that caused the retirements of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen's and Verstappen, but the Mercedes man did not escape unscathed and eventually retired with mechanical problems later in the race.
"At the moment, I have a contract with Red Bull, so unless some really odd things happen, my situation will not change", Ricciardo said. "I think there's no doubt looking at the results now that we have the right group of people on board to be able to build the auto you need to win races". The upgrades to the auto seem to have helped Ricciardo with the balance and feel of the vehicle.
"It's easier to make a slow vehicle faster and to close that gap, because 1.5 seconds is a lot", said Verstappen.
Daniel Ricciardo finished third at the Spanish Grand Prix.
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"It is always good to go forward and that is what we did today". "Hopefully we will be closer, but l don't think we can come out and expect to win this weekend".
After Red Bull chief Christian Horner revealed to Sky F1 in Bahrain that wind tunnel correlation issues had hindered the early development of the RB13, the team has been readying its Barcelona overhaul for several weeks in an attempt to kickstart its season.
"Looking at the weekend as a whole, we've definitely put some performance on the auto, as we have done after every race this season but we are well aware we've still got a lot to do", he said.
No other track on the calendar has had such a variety of winners over the past decade, an ironic fact given that it is the most familiar to drivers from winter testing and was once famed for its predictability. Introducing a heavily revised vehicle in Barcelona, Verstappen took fifth and was much closer to pole position, much to the delight of last year's race victor.
"At the moment I have a contract with Red Bull, so unless some really unusual things happen, my situation will not change", said the Australian.
Expect the determined Ricciardo to remember, and act.