F1: Despite limited Day 3, Ricciardo pleased with RB11’s performance

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Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo needed a new Renault power unit to get through Day 3 of Formula One testing at Jerez, but the Australian insisted afterwards that things still went well for him.

Ricciardo was limited to 48 laps in the RB11 after an issue detected on the car led to the team swapping power units. That meant a lack of morning running, but the afternoon was trouble-free with the new Renault behind him.

“Although we were limited with running today, we got some long runs together and that was encouraging,” he said. “I was happy to do some 10-15 lap runs as that’s always where you get a better understanding of the car. Every lap we do, we understand something more about the car or the driveability of the Renault power unit.

“So it was a decent afternoon. In terms of where we’re at, it’s impossible to know about the pace because we don’t know what people are running, but I think the consistency today was good, we put a few laps together in the end, so a few positives to take away from today.”

Guillaume “Rocky” Rocquelin, the team’s head of race engineering, called Wednesday “a day of two halves.”

“The engine issue arrived very early – I think Daniel had about five laps on the board at that point,” Rocquelin elaborated. “We knew what the issue was and so we decided to change the power unit and that took some time.

“However, when we got Daniel back out the car ran without any problems and we were able to put together a couple of longer runs, which were good. In the end, we managed a decent total of laps given the restricted running and we’re happy with how the car performed.”

Ricciardo got in 35 laps on Sunday’s first day of testing before handing the car over to new teammate Daniil Kvyat for Monday. Unfortunately for the young Russian, he broke the team’s only front wing on hand and ran just 18 laps, some of which were made without a front wing on the car.

Kvyat will try to give Red Bull a smooth ending to its Jerez testing tomorrow, as he climbs into the RB11 once again.