Red Bull beset by problems pack up early to end a nightmare four days at Jerez

The Jerez pick up truck has done more laps than some teams

The Jerez pick up truck has done more laps than some teams

The grey drizzle that engulfed Jerez circuit matched the mood in the Red Bull garage on Friday morning as the World Champion team endured another frustrating day plagued by the engine problem that turned their four days in Spain into a nightmare, but Daniel Ricciardo was his ever upbeat self.

Asked if the troubled RB10 will be running on the last day of the opening Formula 1 test of 2014, he answered: “I hope so.”

Actually, he did less than 10 laps before the reigning World Champions, caught deep in an early-season crisis along with engine supplier Renault, called it a day.

“All focus now shifts to Bahrain,” said the team. “We have two weeks until the next test so time’s on our side.”

That is an optimistic view, after a nightmarish four-day tally of just 21 laps. Mercedes‘ Nico Rosberg did almost 100 before lunch on Friday alone, as the Brackley team got stuck into a race simulation.

The presence of billionaire Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz would have added some pressure to the team at Jerez

The presence of billionaire Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz would have added some pressure to the team at Jerez

Mercedes’ four-day tally is 270 laps and counting, with Lewis Hamilton set to complete the running in the largely reliable W05.

Red Bull, in total and utter contrast, are struggling to get Adrian Newey’s extreme packaging working at all with the higher cooling demands of the all-new turbo and ERS-powered Renault V6.

Team Principal Christian Horner said, “It’s been a very difficult test. We have had numerous Renault issues as well as chassis cooling issues, which have affected our progress. However, despite the lack of mileage, what we have managed to learn shows that the problems should be solvable for the next test in Bahrain.”

“Part of the purpose of this early test was to learn about any issues ahead of the start of the season and there will now be a lot of focus on the dyno over the next few weeks,” added Horner.

Quite simply, the car cannot keep the crucial ‘Power Unit’ cool enough. Burn marks were visible on the side of the Red Bull on Friday, followed by some hasty work by the mechanics to cut holes in the bodywork.

Daniel Ricciardo in the Red Bull RB10 is wheeled into the pits

Daniel Ricciardo in the Red Bull RB10 is wheeled into the pits

Race Engineering Co-ordinator Andy Damerum explained the problemss, “We did seven laps and every time Daniel went out we made improvements to the control of the engine. We were also making fixes to the issues that have arisen from our side and we have made progress there.”

“We then discovered a mechanical issue with the car and after investigation it became clear that we would not be able to fix this in time to run in the afternoon, so the decision was taken to retire early, take the data that we have amassed and work towards the next test, in Bahrain.”

“Two weeks is a long time in F1 and we and I’m sure that Renault will work flat out now to solve the problems we’ve been having,” concluded Damerum.

Compounding Red Bull’s misery, other key rivals Ferrari and McLaren are also looking reliable, both teams racking up about 70 laps apiece by lunchtime. (GP247-GMM)

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  • Hugo

    «Red Bull, in total and utter contrast, are struggling to get Adrian Newey’s extreme packaging working at all with the higher cooling demands of the all-new turbo and ERS-powered Renault V6.»

    How on Earth could they not have seen this coming?

  • Eevel

    Is the RB10 the new MP4-18?

  • Eevel

    Red Bull RB10 sounds like ‘Red Bull are beaten’!

  • bobw

    Don’t start jumping for joy yet. There’s still more testing to come.

  • Nkoli

    If the Bulls are struggling now while the heat is low, I don’t know what going to happen when they get to the desert in two weeks. They better figure heating or battery issue sooner or face the same issues again. on my crystal ball I see season being dominated by Mercedes powered cars!!!

  • Hugo

    Karma might finally be biting RBR’s butt.

  • BoycottThe Haters

    “Red Bull, in total and utter contrast, are struggling to get Adrian Newey’s extreme packaging working at all with the higher cooling demands of the all-new turbo and ERS-powered Renault V6.”

    There’s zero evidence that the RB has “extreme packaging” or that this alleged “extreme packaging” has anything to do with the engine problems which have surfaced thus far.

    When the professional reporters just make stuff up you can’t really fault the fans for doing the same.

  • Spartacus

    Look at the second picture again..

    Dietrich was saying: I HAVE SO MUCH MORE MONEY FOR THE F1 TEAM.

    Go sort out the issues.

  • RBC

    @BoycottThe Haters, no evidence except the car catching of fire a few times and melting the bodywork. And Renault mentioning it. Apart from that, no evidence.