Daniel Ricciardo believes he has made a good start to his home grand prix weekend after the first track action of the season in Australia on Friday. The Toro Rosso driver was seventh in the first session and 21st in the afternoon.
He put his afternoon result down to changeable weather conditions, but hinted that he took a lot of confidence from his performance in the first session of the season.
"This track is very different to the two circuits we tested this winter, but it looked positive," said Ricciardo. "This morning went pretty well, very good even.
"The afternoon was a bit mixed because of the weather. The changing track conditions made it a bit 'cat and mouse': you'd go out on one tire, then come in and wait for it to dry a bit and you had to be patient."
The Australian added that his afternoon session was not a total waste, and hinted that there was more to come from the Toro Rosso package.
"This afternoon, I did a long run and I think we can still gain some more pace," he said. "And, the good thing is, I know what we have to do to achieve that."