Although Daniel Ricciardo says Red Bull are in the same “ballpark” as Mercedes, he doesn’t believe they’re the second best team after testing.

Red Bull showed good pace during the pre-season with Ricciardo posting a new lap record at the Circuit de Catalunya on Day Six with his 1:18.047.

That, though, was blitzed by Sebastian Vettel 24 hours later.

The Ferrari clocked a 1:17.182 with Kimi Raikkonen responding with a 1:17.221 a day later.

As such Ferrari finished 1-2 with Fernando Alonso third and Ricciardo fourth.

But with Mercedes not bothering to put in a qualy style run, the timesheets weren’t a true reflection of F1’s possible pecking order.

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