The headline grabbing problems Red Bull have faced at Jerez have plunged the team into a crisis which according to Daniel Ricciardo has prompted Adrian Newey to return to base and get back to the drawing board to resolve the issues that have plagued the RB10.
A day after Sebastian Vettel departed Jerez early, with a mere 11 laps to his credit over two days, Ricciardo suffered a similar plight on his first day in the world champion team’s new car. He only managed three laps on day three in southern Spain.
Ricciardo told reporters afterwards, “Adrian has gone back to the drawing board definitely, because there is only so much they can do at the track. He is pretty happy working in his office back at Milton Keynes and will definitely be getting involved, trying to sort out the next step.”
The world champion team have worked around the clock to try resolve what is being described as a ‘Renault energy store problem’ which has struck all the Renault powered teams and it appears that there is no quick fix.
“They assume it is going to be something that they will have to go back to the factory and sort it all out. But at the same time they are trying and hoping that a quicker fix is ready for tomorrow. We will see,” said Ricciardo. “For nearly 36 hours they pretty much have worked on the car to try to get it running. We’re a bit unsure right now…”
For now the Australian is not panicking, “We have still got a lot of time. Time is on our side still. Even if we go to Melbourne still a bit whatever… it is a long season. These guys know how to win, that is important. I am sure sooner rather than later we will get it all together. It is still really early days.”
Earlier Red Bull’s race engineering co-ordinator Andy Damerum explained what went wrong on day three, “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.”
Ricciardo is due to spend the final day, of testing at Jerez, on duty in the cockpit of the RB10, provided they can get it to run more than a lap or two. (GP247)