Red Bull is the third fastest team in Formula One according to Max Verstappen, who believes both Mercedes and Ferrari now have the Austrian squad covered.
Max Verstappen believes the Australian Grand Prix will be "boring" for fans to watch while the drivers "have fun" in the new 2017 cars.
Burgeoning corporate support for the Perth-born driver has also meant an exhausting schedule of promotional events ahead of the season-opener and Ricciardo said he often felt overwhelmed by the attention.
Ricciardo believes there is more potential in the auto, but says Red Bull needs more track time to unlock it.
Daniel Ricciardo may have crashed out in Q3 at the Australian Grand Prix on Saturday but he was pleased the accident came as he was pushing for a top-five finish in Melbourne.
"I don't think it's anything suspension related", he said.
"It's been a troubled weekend and basically I saw this coming after Winter Testing that this is the best we could do".
"We didn't have the balance [early on] and therefore couldn't find the rhythm, so we tried a few things that unfortunately didn't work how we would have liked".
He was however impressed by the increased speed of the cars, with Lewis Hamilton's fastest time in second practice better than his pole position time around Albert Park this time previous year.
"I feel there is more in this auto than what we are showing, but we are not quite sure how to perhaps get there or the right path for that at the moment".
"That was a tough one", he said.
"I am not disappointed as I think this is about where we expected to be at race one".
"I think Mercedes is again pretty quick, so it will be hard to beat them". I look at the onboards and it is like the rear is more planted.
"I think he's got as much speed, but he's got a little bit more experience", he told the ABC.
"I'll work on the my job, try and keep it on track tomorrow to bring home some points".
"This first race will be the first barometer that we get of where we stand compared to our competitors".