Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo completed his time in the RB13 during the third day of the second and final winter test on Thursday with the sixth fastest time of the day with a 01:20.824s completing 128 laps.
Ricciardo will be back in the car for the opening practice session at his home Grand Prix in Australia in two weeks time. Max Verstappen will be back in the car for the final day of testing at the Barcelona Circuit Du Catalunya on Friday. Speaking following his final day in the car, Ricciardo commented by saying:
We did almost 130 laps with no issues, so that was positive. For me, today was pretty good. The race sim was OK, it was good for me to get the laps in, to put myself through it physically. You do feel it, it is definitely more physical, but I think I pulled up well and I’m pretty happy about that. In terms of our performance, I would say on day one of this week’s test we looked competitive, within a couple of tenths, but today it was maybe a little more. I do think our true pace is closer though. We have a bit to learn still, but I think Melbourne will be another story and I think we’ll see a bit more on both the power and aero side. I think we’ll be competitive.
Red Bull Racing Head of Race Engineering Guillaume Rocquelin commented by saying:
Today everything worked as it should and we were able to run as we wanted. Beyond that there’s not much to say really: short runs in the morning, a race simulation in the afternoon, albeit slightly interrupted, the car behaved as we expected and we got through the full programme. All in all, it was a good day’s work by the whole team. For tomorrow, our last day here in Barcelona, Max will take over driving duties and we’ll try to mirror what we did with Daniel on day one of this week’s test – so that will be some short runs, more test items to get through and hopefully at some point we’ll see what performance we can achieve.