Ricciardo feels a step forward with new Red Bull car

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Daniel Ricciardo believes that Red Bull has made a step forwards with its new car for the 2015 season following a solid first day of testing in Jerez.

The Australian driver got behind the wheel of the new RB11 car for the first time today, sporting an eyecatching camouflage design that is intended to make the car harder to photograph and analyze.

Ricciardo completed 35 laps in Jerez on Sunday, 14 more than the team managed in the entirety of the four-day test last season, and was pleased with what the team had managed on day one.

“We got going pretty well this morning and I got a few laps under my belt, so the first impressions are good,” Ricciardo said. “We’ll get a few more laps over the next few days, but so far everything seems pretty encouraging.

“I can feel a step forward. I won’t go into too much detail but it’s there.”

Ricciardo’s day was not completely trouble-free though, as a technical issue curtailed his running in the afternoon. However, he was still feeling very positive.

“We didn’t do a whole lot of laps but definitely more than at this test last year,” he noted. “In general everything is behaving as it should. Obviously we had a couple of issues, but once the car is running it’s all going pretty normally. A good first day, there are some positive signs there.”

Head of Race Engineering Guillaume Rocquelin confirmed that the issue that ended Ricciardo’s day was not too serious, and deemed it to have been a successful first test for the Red Bull RB11.

“It’s no exaggeration to say that today represented a good day for the team and for the RB11,” Rocquelin said. “The car preparation has been good, the day’s running was by and large excellent and we’ve already gathered a lot of information. The day generally went according to plan, starting cautiously, building up the length of the runs and learning all the time.

“We had a small issue with the brake controls system around lunchtime, but you’re always going to have little niggles like that on day’s like this.

“We stopped running late in the afternoon with a technical issue, but it wasn’t too serious. An alarm went off on the engine and at that stage of the day, knowing that an investigation would take time we chose to stop. Aside from that, everything went pretty as we hoped.”

Daniil Kvyat will enjoy his first run in the RB11 tomorrow in Jerez. Click here to see the full line-up.