Helmut Marko is happy with how Red Bull's Friday went in Azerbaijan, though his spirits were no doubt boosted after seeing rivals Mercedes struggle for grip around the streets of Baku.
Max Verstappen finished with the fastest time in FP1 while Sergio Perez finished ahead of his teammate in FP2. Red Bull's performance left Marko feeling confident heading into qualifying on Saturday.
"We are satisfied," Marko told F1 journalist Adam Cooper. "Our car looks very competitive on the short runs and long runs."
Meanwhile rivals Mercedes were well off the pace, with Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas finished 11th and 16th respectively in FP2. While the Silver Arrows were more optimistic about their long run pace, something Marko noted, the Austrian is hopeful they won't solve their short run issues anytime soon.
"We can see that they are losing time in the tight corners. Hopefully they won't solve that problem by tomorrow," Marko added. "They also don't have an engine now that is a second quicker on the straights ..."