RED BULL CONTINUES TO STRUGGLE WHILST MERC GOES TO THE TOP OF THE TIME SHEET—
Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s third day of testing at the Bahrain International Circuitgot off to a positive start this morning as Daniel Ricciardo took over at the wheel of the RB10. However, midway through today’s running the team discovered a mechanical problem and in anticipation of tomorrow’s final day, the decision was taken to suspend running this afternoon.
“It was going OK,” said Daniel of his morning outing. “I did some good laps and those came off the back of the more than 50 laps Seb did yesterday, so we’re getting there. Obviously, I would have liked to do more this afternoon but we still have tomorrow ahead of us and it’s important to be ready for that. The car is definitely making progress though. It’s coming together bit by bit. We’d love a big chunk all at once but obviously that’s not the way these things work, so we have to be a bit patient for now. However, it is coming and we’re heading in the right direction. Tomorrow it would be nice to get more laps in and then roll on next week.”
Race Engineering Co-ordinator Andy Damerum said: “After yesterday’s good work we had another positive period overnight with the car build, which we’re getting quite good at, and it looked good this morning. We were focused on short runs for Daniel, as the car feels very different to the one we had in Jerez and we wanted to build things up gradually for him. We made more changes over lunch and in doing so we came across a mechanical issue that we hadn’t encountered before and because of its nature it means we have to take the car apart. As everyone in the pit lane is finding out this is a long process, so we decided to suspend running in the afternoon so that we can be ready for the final day. These issues are of course frustrating but this was unrelated to the others so it’s just a case of tackling each issue as it appears. A tough night in prospect but we hope to get a good day in tomorrow.”
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m34.263s 67 2. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m34.976s +0.713s 103 3. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m37.066s +2.803s 60 4. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m37.180s +2.917s 96 5. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m37.367s +3.104s 57 6. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m37.476s +3.213s 44 7. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m38.974s +4.711s 57 8. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1m39.642s +5.379s 26 9. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m40.781s +6.518s 28 10. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m42.130s +7.867s 98 11. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1m46.672s +12.409s 4 12. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes no time 55