In complete contrast to its miserable F1 pre-season in 2014, Red Bull has deemed the first test of the year in Jerez a success despite encountering a number of minor problems across the four days.
Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat managed to complete just 164 laps in Jerez, putting Red Bull eighth out of the nine teams in terms of mileage ahead of only McLaren, who suffered teething problems with the new Honda engine.
The pace of the RB11 did not exactly stun in Jerez as Ricciardo finished with the 12th-fastest time of the test, two places ahead of Kvyat. Both drivers suffered issues with the new car, including an embarrassing incident for Kvyat when he damaged the only front wing that the team had brought to Jerez on Monday.
Nevertheless, head of race engineering Guillaume Rocquelin feels that the team is in good shape following the test despite not achieving everything that it set out to.
“This week has all been about establishing reliability and while we’ve had a few niggles the car is pretty much where we want it to be,” Rocquelin said on Wednesday. “We focused on medium and long runs all week and Dany was able to do more of that work this afternoon.
“We did lose track time over the four days and that’s always frustrating, as you inevitably have to scratch some things off the ‘to do’ list, but the major items were covered so I would say we’re leaving Jerez in pretty decent shape.”
Kvyat’s final day in Jerez was cut short by an ERS problem on his car, but the young Russian took the positives out of his first running for Red Bull ahead of his race debut for the team in March.
“We had an issue this morning but we managed to overcome that and we had a clean run in the afternoon, so I’m really happy to have got a lot of laps under my belt today,” he said. “All in all, I think it was a very productive day, with a lot of positives.
“I think we know where we are and where we want to be for the next test in Barcelona. We’ve made good progress this week and hopefully there’s more to come.”
F1 pre-season testing recommences in Barcelona on February 19th.