Ricciardo: Red Bull chipping away
8 April 2014 – Daniel Ricciardo has said Red Bull is 'chipping away' and while still a bit behind, he is confident the squad will be closer to the pace in China later this month.
Ricciardo, who took a superb fourth in Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix, returned to the cockpit of the RB10 on Tuesday as the first in-season test of the year got underway at the Sakhir Circuit and despite a few minor issues, he did 91 laps in total, ending the day seventh quickest - his best a 1:38.326, 2.5 seconds off the top time.
"We didn't get in any performance runs today," he explained, "but we did some good long runs in the afternoon with three set-up changes and we got some good feedback from that."
"We missed a little bit of time this morning but we made up for it in the afternoon. I think I was in the car for a good few hours," he continued.
"I think during last weekend we struggled a bit in P1 and P3, the daytime sessions in the heat, but the car felt a lot better today in those conditions, particularly on those long runs. We're still a little behind but we're chipping away and I'm sure over the course of this test and in China we'll get a little bit closer. For the moment, though, we'll take every little bit we can get. We're learning and we're making progress."
"An excellent day today," summarised Red Bull's Race Engineering Co-ordinator Andy Damerum. "We were a little delayed in getting out this morning but that was simply down to the amount of instrumentation involved. Once Daniel was out though we worked through a very packed schedule of items and over his 91 laps we managed to tick off almost all of those things. There are many little standard test things which we couldn't get done in pre-season and which the nature of race weekends don't allow for, so today has been very valuable in terms of working through those items.
"So, all in all, a busy first day and it will be more of the same tomorrow when once again Daniel will be at the wheel."