Barcelona - Daniel Ricciardo took heart from the performance of his Renault in Formula One testing on Tuesday, even if the Australian's time in the car was cut short by the rear wing flying off.
The former Red Bull driver, who moved to Renault at the end of last season, said he felt "quite encouraged" with the laps he did before the failure.
"The way the car used the tyres I thought was pretty encouraging. I didn’t feel like it fell off a cliff and we’re killing it," he said.
Asked how the rear wing had felt, he replied: "While it was on it was OK."
Ricciardo said it was still way too early to say where Renault, fourth overall last year, stood from a competitive standpoint but he said they were leaving no stone unturned.