Daniil Kvyat got his first opportunity to drive the Red Bull Racing TAG-HEUER RB12 on Wednesday as the Russian took over from team mate Daniel Ricciardo.
Kyat completed 74 laps in the car however he was hampered by a mechanical issue that reared its head once more following a problem yesterday. Despite the issue, Kvyat ended the day in ninth place with a fastest time of 1m 26.497s and speaking following the test he commented by saying:
It was great to get back behind the wheel today and very exciting to finally drive the RB12 after what felt like a long winter break, I think we’ve made a step in the right direction so far. Everything feels like it’s in the right place, the car seems quite well balanced and the first feeling is very positive. Obviously we are looking for a bit more mileage than today, which I think is reachable, so we’ll try to make a really good day of it tomorrow.
Speaking about the third day of action, Red Bull Racing’s Head of Race Engineering Guillaume Rocqeulin commented by saying:
A slightly frustrating end to today’s work, as the problem we encountered yesterday manifested itself again. We did some work overnight to cure the issue and the bulk of today’s running went smoothly. However, in the afternoon we noticed the problem again, so decided to finish a bit early. I don’t think it will put a big dent in our progress but it’s something we’ll have to look into before next week’s final test. Prior to the end of running, Dany had a good first day. He was comfortable from the off and he was making the same noises as Daniel in terms of how the car generally feels and behaves, which is good. In the morning we focused on aero work and it was more of the same in the afternoon – long runs, medium tyre, just getting Dany bedded in and working through our run plan. We’ll keep pushing tomorrow and hopefully put a few more miles on before we finish for this week.