After a tough weekend in Germany that saw both cars DNF and an incident earlier in the week involving one their trucks crashing it was about time Renault had a positive day.
Hulkenberg said in Renaults review: “Despite the changing circumstances, it was a great day for us today.
“The car feels good and we seem to be in a good position.
“We have not been able to learn very much, but that applies to everyone and that is not necessarily a bad thing.
“The fast run felt really good, so I'm curious.”
While teammate Ricciardo added that the morning provided some “useful laps” but is looking ahead to Saturday.
He said: “It was pretty good today, despite the bad weather.
“We had a good morning with some useful laps, but we still have to go to bed tonight to take steps.
“With the chance of rain during qualifying, we want to be there.”