2014 F1 season
Daniel Ricciardo says the problems which have limited Red Bull to 14 laps in three days are unlikely to be solved overnight.
Rivals Mercedes have covered 177 laps over the test so far. Ricciardo managed three laps on his first day in the car, which included a stoppage on his first lap out of the pits.
“We’ll see how tomorrow goes, hopefully get significantly more done,” he said.
“I think the break before Bahrain’s going to help the team a lot,” said Ricciardo. “Even if tomorrow doesn’t go to plan I’m still not worried I think Bahrain will sort itself out for us, we’ve got two weeks there which will be good.”
“Then there’s Melbourne as well. It’s a long year but definitely not getting worried about anything yet.”
Ricciardo said the team will attempt a short-term fix in order to gain some mileage in the final say of the Jerez test on Friday.
“They assume it’s going to be something that they’ll have to go back to the factory and sort it all out,” he said.
“At the same time they’re obviously trying and hoping that a quicker fix is ready for tomorrow. So we’ll see. They’ve worked nearly 36 hours now pretty much trying to get it running at least and getting it going so.”
Ricciardo played down the significant of team principal Christian Horner and chief technical officer Adrian Newey’s departure from the test today.
“They’ve gone back to – well at least Adrian’s gone back to the drawing board, definitely. I guess now there’s only so much they can do here at the track and I think for Adrian he’s pretty happy working in his office back in Milton Keynes. He’ll definitely be getting involved in trying to sort out the next best step.”
With Lotus absent from the test, the two other Renault-engined teams Toro Rosso and Caterham have also completed much less mileage than their rivals. Ricciardo denied this was a major concern for Red Bull.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a bigger worry, I just think it’s proof that once it does get underway it’s going to happen obviously for all of us then everything will fast-track quickly. She’ll be right.”
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