Ricciardo ‘has better feeling’ with Toro Rosso
20 April 2012 – Following a dismal weekend in China which Toro Rosso eventually used as an extended test session, Daniel Ricciardo was more positive after the opening two practice sessions in Bahrain on Friday. He finished 11th, with Jean-Éric Vergne 14th.
“Importantly, we made progress through the day after the first session did not go too well,” Ricciardo reported. “We couldn’t get the tyres to work properly, wheel-spinning on the Prime (Medium compound), which overheated it, so we lacked grip. We knew what we needed to do, but it did not work out on-track. The second session went better, as can be seen from the fact we moved up the timesheet.
“More important is the fact I’ve now got a better feeling with the car. We still need to make more progress and, in terms of what we do to the car for tomorrow, we have a couple of options to choose from. We got a first impression of the tyres and I’d say the Option (Soft compound) is better and seems to cope well with the hot conditions.”
Bearing in mind the grip levels he witnessed, the Australian concluded:
“Let’s say I don’t think anyone will do a one-stop on Sunday! Looking after the rear tyres will be a priority.”
Rear tyre degradation is always a problem at Sakhir because of the dusty surface.