Monday, 2 February 2015

Tough day at the office for Daniil Kvyat on test debut as a Red Bull F1 driver

(Infiniti Red Bull Racing)

Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Daniil Kvyat endured a difficult first day in the RB11 in Jerez on Monday after the Russian broke the front wing of his car going into Turn 2.

Due to the delay in getting the new car ready for the opening winter test the Milton Keynes based outfit were unable to get any spares ready to bring to Jerez for the opening test so it meant that the Russian was left to complete systems checks until a rain storm forced an early end to track action for the day.

Speaking following his first day in the car with his new team, Kvyat commented:

It was not ideal today, sometimes mistakes happen and there’s nothing you can do about them. After that we tried to maximise our day, not having spare parts to replace the wing. We still maximised our running with what we had and hopefully we can recover from that. I have another day to make up for it, so just looking forward to Wednesday now.

Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Head of Race Engineering, Guillaume Rocquelin stated:

A small off for Dany right at the start of running resulted in a damaged front wing. As with everybody else the pressure to get the car ready on time for this test meant that we didn’t have a replacement here. However, there are plenty of routine checks that need to be done, systems checks that go on all the time in the background, so we could at least get through a lot of that work today, which is why we sent Dany out for some laps without recording a time. A replacement wing will arrive overnight and hopefully it’ll be full speed ahead again tomorrow.

Daniel Ricciardo will be back behind the wheel of the RB11 on Wednesday when testing resumes.

© Ben Johnston 2015

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