Red Bull calls time on trying Jerez test
31 January 2014 – Red Bull has packed up early on the final day of the opening pre-season test at Jerez, with the team continuing to endure technical gremlins. The World Champions end the week on a tally of just 21 laps.
Having scraped together three laps on the opening day of the gathering, with a car preparation error cited as the root cause, Sebastian Vettel could add just eight more the following day before an energy store issue struck.
Mechanics worked closely with engine partner Renault in an attempt to rectify the problem for Daniel Ricciardo's first day in the RB10, but his maiden run came to a smoking end, brought on by chassis cooling problems.
The Australian completed just three laps, only two under his own power, before his running was curtailed.
Team boss Christian Horner and design chief Adrian Newey flew back to the outfit's Milton Keynes factory on Thursday evening to work on a permanent solution, while Ricciardo's car was given a temporary fix.
But despite the team's best efforts overnight, Ricciardo's final day at the wheel yielded only seven laps.
Red Bull says it expects the problems it encountered to be solvable ahead of the upcoming Bahrain tests.