ASTON MARTIN RED BULL IN-SEASON TEST, HUNGARY
Driver: Daniel Ricciardo
Best time: 1:19.854
Circuit length: 4.381km
Fastest Lap: A. Giovinazzi (1:15.648)
Hot on the heels of his superb drive from 12th on the grid to fourth place in Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo was today back behind the wheel of the RB14 in Budapest, as Formula 1’s second in-season test of the campaign got underway at the Hungaroring.
Commenting on his final day in the RB14 before the sport’s traditional summer break, Daniel said: “We did some good work today. There was a lot of long run stuff, a lot of data gathering, and we got through some set-up changes as well, so it was a pretty good day for the team. We ran with a lot of rakes and aero parts, so I know we tried a few things, but honestly I’m not too sure of the detail. I do know we used some 2019 Pirelli test tyres and that did feel quite different, so we’ll see what comes of that. It was a pretty busy day and we got a lot of laps under our belt, so I don’t feel too bad about saying that’s me done for the moment – now it’s holiday time!”
Senior Projects Engineer Jeff Calam added: “We had a very productive test today, during which we were able to look towards the races to come after the summer break and also towards next season. We ran some test elements aimed at 2019’s car and gathered a lot of valuable information, which will certainly help with the development of the RB15.
As with other teams we also had a set of 2019 Pirelli test tyres available, so all in all it was a very useful day for the long-term. It was also useful for the short and medium-term too, as we were also able to answer a few questions we’ve had about the RB14 since the last in-season test in May and the data from that will undoubtedly help us for the remainder of this season. We had some rain today, but that wasn’t unexpected, so we even managed to schedule in some wet weather test items. Overall a very good day, with no reliability issues, and a lot learned.”