Ricciardo upbeat over showing despite spin
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18 July 2013 – Daniel Ricciardo was in a positive frame of mind after his run in the RB9 chassis at Silverstone on Thursday, with the Toro Rosso driver getting a chance to showcase his potential to Red Bull chiefs as they look towards signing Mark Webber's replacement.
The Australian, 24, set the fastest time of the day with his current team before the unofficial lunch break, later moving over to the Red Bull. His outing took a small hit after seven laps when spinning into the gravel at Luffield, but he recovered to reach a total of 59, gaining valuable experience in race-winning machinery in the process.
"It was good today but very busy, so it’s still a bit of a blur," he said. "I did quite a few laps this afternoon, so I’m happy with that. I had a small off but otherwise it was a trouble-free day. The off was my mistake, I just lost the rear on the entry. It was a good opportunity to get behind the wheel and experience two different beasts today."
He added: "In terms of the inevitable speculation, I think this test is something for Red Bull to look at, but there’s still the rest of the season with Toro Rosso to do, so I’ll switch my focus back to that and won’t get too caught up in any rumours."
Red Bull was full of praise for Ricciardo after his outing, with Race Engineering Co-ordinator Andy Damerum describing the Australian's feedback as "exemplary."
"Daniel had only about 45 minutes to swap over from his tyre test to driving our car, a completely different machine, but he was up to speed very quickly," he said. "As ever his feedback was exemplary and he gave us a lot of information to go through."
Carlos Sainz Jr. and Sebastian Vettel will share driving duties on Friday.