Daniel Ricciardo believes McLaren are in a good position heading into qualifying for the United States Grand Prix after both cars finished FP2 in the top five.
The Australian finished P5 while teammate Lando Norris set the second fastest time of the session, a marked improvement compared to their performances earlier in the day.
With Ricciardo stating that his goal this weekend is to "struggle less than everyone else", he believes things are pointed in the right direction following Friday's action.
"It was a decent day. I think everyone was certainly, not struggling, but fighting the car a bit," Ricciardo told RacingNews365.com and other members of the media.
"It was hot and the grip was pretty low, the tyres dropped off quite a lot already after a lap.
"Of course, we know the track is quite bumpy, so it definitely throws you around. It was challenging, but it was also quite fun.
"The aim this weekend is to struggle less than everyone else, and I think we're in a good position. Both of us were [in the] top five, so that was solid."
Although a strong Friday doesn't guarantee anything come Saturday, Ricciardo says he'll take it nonetheless.
He added: "It's always better to have a good Friday. It doesn't really dictate your weekend, but it means there's less head-scratching. I think we're OK."
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