After qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix, Nico Hulkenberg said that Renault team-mate Daniel Ricciardo's feedback comes from a "spoiled, a kind of better car" starting point. It was a light-hearted comment rather than a dig, made in response to a question about Ricciardo feeling that the car wasn't perfect over the bumps, but Hulkenberg's words encapsulate an irrefutable truth.
Ricciardo's shock decision to sign for midfield outfit Renault meant turning his back on a series of Red Bulls that were, at times, the class of the chassis field. The evidence so far suggests that adapting to life in the midfield has been more difficult than anticipated, hence the decision to take part in this week's Bahrain test.
Ricciardo is no fool and went into this with his eyes open. But knowing you are moving into - hopefully temporarily - disadvantageous circumstances before the event is one thing. Living it minute by minute is another entirely.