Red Bull’s nightmares at the season opening Jerez test session continued unabated, as Daniel Ricciardo’s first day in the RB10 came to an early end due to the ongoing “Renault energy stor[age]” problem, while energy drinks billionaire team owner Dietrich Mateschitz looked on.
Shortly after noon local time, the Red Bull RB10 of Ricciardo coasted to a stop as it came out the pitlane with a wisp of smoke coming out the rear. Ricciardo jumped out and that was that for another day – only three laps on the board.
Shortly thereafter the team pulled the plug on day three, “Despite intense work overnight to correct the issues that caused the team to halt it’s programme early yesterday, Infiniti Red Bull Racing had to again cease track activities this afternoon.”
A day earlier World Champion Sebastian Vettel also packed up early. He left Spain, with a mere 11 laps covered in two days.
“Daniel Ricciardo completed a handful of laps in the RB10 before issues similar to yesterday’s forced him to stop. The team will now spend the remainder of today investigating the causes in order to ready the RB10 for tomorrow.”
Race Engineering Co-ordinator Andy Damerum said, “We worked hard yesterday to make the changes it was felt were necessary to overcome the problems we identified and we were hopeful of a more successful day today. Unfortunately, the measures we took only partially solved the issue and, as with yesterday, it’s more sensible to stop and dig deeper into finding a solution.”
“It’s obviously not where we want to be and naturally the whole team is frustrated by these issues. However, we’re pretty good at bouncing back from this type of thing. This is where the whole team pulls together and I’m sure we will get these problems fixed,” added Damerum. (Red Bull)
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