Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo was back in action in the RB13 on Wednesday for day 3 of the first winter test at the Barcelona Circuit Du Catalunya in Spain.
The Australian completed 70 laps setting the third fastest time of the day, a 01:21.153s. Prior to the lunch break, Ricciardo completed 48 laps before an exhaust issue meant he spent much of the afternoon session in the garage.
When Ricciardo re-emerged on track he completed 22 laps and speaking following the day of action he commented by saying:
Day two in the car for me and we got a few more laps in, which was good. “I definitely learned more about the car and the tyres today and really started to feel the downforce. For example, Turns 3 and 9 are now pretty impressive. I think when we start doing 60 laps in the heat you’re going to see some physical limits being pushed for us drivers. This afternoon we found a problem with the exhaust. We had check that, which took some time, but before that we had a pretty good run of nearly 20 laps, which was important for understanding the tyres. For now we haven’t got too involved in performance runs. Hopefully next week we can push it a bit more and then see what we’ve got.
It’s obviously not ideal when you encounter the kind of issues we had today and on Monday, but that’s the nature of testing. This afternoon we had an exhaust issue that hampered progress and it meant another tricky day for Daniel. It’s unfortunate for him, as these issues manifested themselves on the days he was in the car, but he understands the nature of testing and he’s actually pretty upbeat about how the car feels and how it’s behaving. Ultimately it’s about what you learn from the laps you do get on the board rather than just running for the sake of it and so we’ve learned a lot so far.Tomorrow we’ll learn even more as the track will be artificially wet, so plenty of work still to do before we head back to the factory.