Ricciardo forced to take final allocated engine in Spain

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MONTMELO – Red Bull’s difficult start to the 2015 Formula 1 season continued during practice for the Spanish Grand Prix on Friday as Daniel Ricciardo suffered yet another engine failure.

The Australian driver entered the race weekend already on his third internal combustion engine (ICE) of the year, leaving him just one spare for the remaining 15 races of the 2015 season.

However, a problem in FP1 saw him pit after just two laps and spend most of the session in his garage, whilst he only got out at the very end of FP2 to complete four laps.

Speaking after practice, Ricciardo confirmed that he had been forced to take his fourth and final allocated ICE ahead of tomorrow’s qualifying session in Spain.

“We expected we would be limited with mileage today, and we also knew that we would have to use the fourth engine for FP2,” Ricciardo admitted.

“It would’ve been nice to get some more laps in but we did enough to give us plenty of data to look at. Dany [Kvyat] had a cleaner session and we’ll also look at his data and try to learn a few things for tomorrow.

“There’s a lot of potential with the upgrades and tomorrow’s qualifying is what counts.”

Despite remaining upbeat, Ricciardo will be well aware that an engine penalty is looming large in the coming races. Drivers are penalized ten places on the grid for every extra ICE they use, and a further five places for any other component outside of the allocation of four.

The teams had been discussing a possible extension of the allocation to its 2014 level of five, but no firm decision has been reached.