Ricciardo optimistic after productive day

Ricciardo optimistic after productive day

28 February 2014 – Daniel Ricciardo's optimism grew further after the second day of the third and final pre-season test in Bahrain.

Ricciardo completed 66 laps at the Sakhir circuit – the most by a Red Bull driver in a single day of pre-season testing so far – and set the third fastest time, a couple of tenths of a second down on Force India's Sergio Pérez.

The Australian was able to complete a 20-lap stint during the afternoon session, which is the longest run managed by the Red Bull RB10, and also carried out aerodynamic evaluations and pit-stop practice.

"It went a lot better today," said Ricciardo after stepping out of the car.

"This morning it was important to have the race crew here to do the pit stops, as they haven’t had the chance to get to grips with the car yet, so we didn’t do that many laps in the morning.

"However, in the afternoon we did some good stuff. We had a go on the soft tyre, which was nice, to see how the car responds with a bit more grip. We also did one long run at the end, which was very important, just to see how the car is behaving with the tyres.

"A big improvement everywhere over yesterday and a much more optimistic outlook now I think. We still have a lot to learn and understand, but we’re making progress and the past two days have been a big step in the right direction."

Ricciardo will next drive the RB10 in practice for his home race in Australia, with team-mate Sebastian Vettel testing the car across the remaining two days in Bahrain.

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