(Infiniti Red Bull Racing)
Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo drove the RB11 for the first time in Jerez on Sunday as winter testing got underway.
The Australian completed 35 laps with a fastest time of 1m 23.338s finishing in fourth place. Speaking following today’s running, Ricciardo stated:
'We got going pretty well this morning and I got a few laps under my belt, I won’t go into too much detail but it’s there. We didn’t do a whole lot of laps but definitely more than at this test last year! In general everything is behaving as it should. Obviously we had a couple of issues, but once the car is running it’s all going pretty normally. A good first day, there are some positive signs there.’
So the first impressions are good. We’ll get a few more laps over the next few days, but so far everything seems pretty encouraging. I can feel a step forward
The Australian went on to talk about the interim test livery:
‘The livery’s cool. It’s a testing specification for us but I think it looks really good. Maybe I need a matching helmet.’
Ricciardo will now hand the car over to new Infiniti Red Bull Racing driver Daniil Kvyat before getting back in the RB11 on Tuesday. Speaking about today’s running, Head of Race Engineering, Guillaume Rocquelin stated:
'It’s no exaggeration to say that today represented a good day for the team and for the RB11. The car preparation has been good, the day’s running was by and large excellent and we’ve already gathered a lot of information. The day generally went according to plan, starting cautiously, building up the length of the runs and learning all the time.
We had a small issue with the brake controls system around lunchtime but you’re always going to have little niggles like that on day’s like this. We stopped running late in the afternoon with a technical issue, but it wasn’t too serious. An alarm went off on the engine and at that stage of the day, knowing that an investigation would take time we chose to stop. Aside from that, everything went pretty as we hoped.'
© Ben Johnston 2015