Red Bull: There has been a big improvement since Jerez 19 February, 2014 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull RB10 Infiniti Red Bull Racing today continued its pre-season preparations in Bahrain where Sebastian Vettel put in 14 laps. After a long build this morning, the Champion made it out on track, but his progress was ended late in the afternoon by a mechanical issue. “Obviously we’re not happy with where we are now and we have a long way ahead of us. The first gut feeling from the car is OK, but we need more running,” said Vettel. “It’s not easy to find a quick fix, but I think we understand the problems. We sorted out the issues from Jerez and we were able to do some laps today. However, very often you fix one problem and another pops up, which is what happened. That’s testing. We all knew this year [would be] a massive challenge and we knew that it would be difficult. We obviously didn’t want this, but it is what it is and we are working flat out to solve the problems.” Race Engineering Co-ordinator Andy Damerum added: “It’s been a very long two weeks for everyone back at the factory and I have to say that while it might not appear so on the surface there has been a big improvement since Jerez. We are obviously playing catch-up and for us this was very much like a first test, so we were sending the car out to do one lap, then two and trying to build from there. In that regard the laps completed were good. However, we were sidelined by a mechanical gremlin but one unrelated to the issues in Jerez. That’s the way of testing. All these problems have to be ironed out and only reveal themselves as you progress. We’ll look at solving that issue now and we’re itching to get out on track again tomorrow.” (Red Bull Press Release) Subbed by AJN. Related NewsRed Bull: We know we have to catch up in a lot of areasVettel taking the Bahrain testing blows like a true championRed Bull: First an electrical problem, then an oil leakVettel’s return to testing in Bahrain is plagued by problemsButton predicts that Red Bull will be quick when they find reliabilityRed Bull improve in time for Vettel’s return to testing duty in BahrainRed Bull: Overall a good day and very encouragingRed Bull: We’re missing 165 horsepower to the leading Mercedes, about 30km/h on the straights!Marko: Sebastian is not amused that we are so far behind, but it’s no use getting angryRicciardo: It’s clear that we probably won’t come out to Melbourne and dominate Ankit Hahahahahaha! They cracked me up with this one. Big improvement? Sure karlich Well, given that on the first day in Jerez, Mercedes completed 18 laps, Force Inda 11, Sauber and Williams each 7 and so on, where all of them were doing installation laps and carefully nudging the cars around the track, I’d say Red Bull’s 14 laps today were a big improvement over Jerez and a comparable performance to others given that they are now where most others have been in Jerez.