PRE-SEASON TEST 1, JEREZ – DAY THREE
Driver: Daniel Ricciardo
Best time: 1:23.901
Circuit length: 4.428km
Fastest Lap: F. Nasr (1:21.545)
Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s third day of testing at the Circuit de Jerez in Spain got off to a slow start this morning when the team detected an issue and elected to change the power unit in Daniel’s RB11. Once complete, the team was able to get him back out on track where the RB11 ran reliably for the rest of the session, with Daniel registering a series of useful long runs.
“Although we were limited with running today, we got some long runs together and that was encouraging,” said Daniel. “I was happy to do some 10-15 lap runs as that’s always where you get a better understanding of the car. Every lap we do we understand something more about the car or the driveablility of the Renault power unit. So it was a decent afternoon. In terms of where we’re at, it’s impossible to know about the pace because we don’t know what people are running, but I think the consistency today was good, we put a few laps together in the end, so a few positives to take away from today.”
Head of Race Engineering Guillaume Rocquelin commented: “A day of two halves really. The engine issue arrived very early – I think Daniel had about five laps on the board at that point. We knew what the issue was and so we decided to change the power unit and that took some time. However, when we got Daniel back out the car ran without any problems and we were able to put together a couple of longer runs, which were good. In the end we managed a decent total of laps given the restricted running and we’re happy with how the car performed.”