Red Bull Racing endured a difficult opening morning to preseason testing at Barcelona Circuit Du Catalunya in Montmelo, Spain on Monday. Daniel Ricciardo was behind the wheel of the RB13 and once the issues were sorted out, the Australian completed 50 laps and set the fifth fastest time of the day with a 01:22.926s.
Speaking following the day of action, Ricciardo commented by saying:
Today’s session was okay, I felt I got up to speed relatively quickly. “We had a bit of a slow start this morning but the afternoon was better and the last two hours were more like a test. It’s nice to end the day on a bit of a positive. There’s still a lot more to come from the car and you have to remember that the track is cold and the tyres are probably not at their optimum temperature. However, the times Lewis was setting today were already quicker than the times in Qualifying last year, so for sure it’s going to be faster. It’s cool for now but I think we will get a lot quicker from where we are today. We’ll hope to make steady steps tomorrow when Max is in the car and then we can start to do some more trimming.
Speaking following the opening day of track action, Red Bull Racing’s Head of Race Engineering, Guillaume Rocquelin commented by saying:
Obviously we lost quite a bit of time today, which was frustrating. That was largely a function of the issues we had – a sensor problem this morning and then a problem with the energy store later on. Both are hard to access, so required some time to sort out. It meant we didn’t get real track time until around 4pm, but after that we ran without issue. The fixes we put in place cured the issues and we should be good to go tomorrow again. Daniel managed 50 laps in the end and what we saw during that period was encouraging. The inevitable question you get asked on day one is: ‘is it quick, is it a front-runner’, and I’m afraid the rather dull answer to that question is ‘we’ll have to wait and see’. It’s a cliché but we won’t know the real answer until Saturday in Melbourne. Until then we just have to keep our heads down, stick to the plan and the performance will come. That process continues tomorrow.