ENCOURAGED: Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo was impressed by how his Red Bull car went in the Bahrain GP.
ENCOURAGED: Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo was impressed by how his Red Bull car went in the Bahrain GP. SRDJAN SUKI

Ricciardo boosted by Bahrain GP showing

MOTORSPORTS: DANIEL Ricciardo found plenty of positives in a Bahrain GP that came down to a battle between Ferrari and Mercedes.

Sebastian Vettel is back on top of the Formula One standings and his Ferrari team is bursting with ambition again.

But Ricciardo liked what he saw from his car in the early going before fading to finish fifth.

"It was a race of two halves really," the Australian said. "At the beginning I genuinely thought we had a chance to win.

"That stint was looking very competitive and I could see Valtteri (Bottas, who started from pole) was struggling.

"I was at the tail end of the front pack and I could see everyone else in front of me. They were sliding and looked like they were struggling more.

"It was easy for me to stay there and I was looking after my tyres, so at that point I was thinking it could be on today, not only for a podium but for a win.

"The safety car worked for me in that we jumped up to third but it wasn't so good for our tyres and that's where we lost a lot of ground.

"Even once we settled into a pace and the chaos settled we fell back and I was struggling with grip at the front and rear. We never really got that (soft) tyre working for us today."

Ricciardo is in sixth position in the standings.

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