Usual positions for Red Bull Racing in Spain

Red Bull Racing were once again third best in the first free practice session at the Spanish Grand Prix on Friday morning.

Friday, 12th May 2017, 10:32 am
Updated Monday, 15th May 2017, 9:26 am
Max Verstappen

Despite several updates to the RB13, Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were fifth and sixth in FP1 in Barcelona, behind the Mercedes and Ferraris.

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On Thursday, amidst rumours of an entirely new Red Bull car being introduced for the race, Daniel Ricciardo downplayed speculation, admitting: "It's still the same car itself.

"As always at this time of the year, it's big aero stuff. The real mechanical side of the car, you've kind of got what you've got, it's mainly bits which are predominantly aero, sidepods, wings and all that kind of stuff.

"It's pretty much that we can really play with. The guys have redesigned and tried to give us a bit more.

"There are a lot of bolt on bits, but it's still the same car itself, so that's why we've got to be a bit careful to not expect too much, but these bolt-ons should give it some.

"Hopefully (we will be) closer, but I don't think we can expect to come out and win this weekend. We want to, we would like to, but we can't really expect it.

"Even if the update gives us a second, OK, it puts us maybe there, but we know that Mercedes and Ferrari aren't going to come here with nothing.

"Our target is to at least close the gap, and then we'll see."