Red Bull Racing suffered yet another demoralising day at the track after being pummelled into the lower order of the top ten in Malaysia.
Daniel Ricciardo has credited his superb fourth place in qualifying in Malaysia on Saturday to the weather and a step backwards in engine configuration in equal measure.
Daniel Ricciardo remained upbeat with tweaks made to his Renault power unit despite another day of troubled running.
Daniel Ricciardo held onto sixth place at his home race in Australia, but admits there's a lot of work to do before Red Bull Racing is back on pace.
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Daniel RIcciardo says he extracted the maximum from his RB11 during qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix and has tempered expectations for the race.
Red Bull Racing is in a world of pain after its third consecutive practice disappointment, while Mercedes continues to press its advantage over the field.