Ricciardo confident Red Bull has improved
9 May 2014 – Daniel Ricciardo reckons that Red Bull has improved as Formula 1 returned to track action at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain.
Ricciardo was third fastest during both sessions in Spain, albeit almost a second behind dominant pacesetter Lewis Hamilton.
But Ricciardo's team-mate Sebastian Vettel endured a difficult day as an electrical problem halted his RB10 after just four laps in the first session, with the team unable to repair his issues for the afternoon running.
"It's nice not to have gone backwards during the short break and I think we have shown improvement; we want to close the gap to Mercedes but they don't seem to be showing any signs of slowing down," he said.
"It's not great that Seb wasn't running, two cars means twice the amount of feedback for the team and you don't learn so much from one when you are trying new parts – but at least we got some good data. The short runs and long runs were both okay today."
Vettel added that he will be relying on data from Ricciardo's car.
"It's a small failure, but a big consequence; there was nothing new on that part of the car, it was something new that happened in that area," he said. "Luckily it happened today [rather than tomorrow], but unfortunately we lost the chance to prepare for Sunday with two cars, so I have to rely on what Daniel did today and get into the rhythm straight away tomorrow."