Red Bull improve in time for Vettel’s return to testing duty in Bahrain

Daniel Ricciardo had more to smile about at the end of day two in bahrain

Daniel Ricciardo had more to smile about at the end of day two in bahrain

Struggling Red Bull had cause for optimism following day two of Formula 1’s final pre-season test in Bahrain on Friday, with Daniel Ricciardo recording the team’s fastest lap in six days of testing in the Middle East.

The timing of the improvement could not be better as, amid reports of “hissy fits”, huge horsepower deficits and general negativity, F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel returns to the cockpit of the RB10 for his share of testing duty.

On day two at Sakhir, using modified ‘emergency’ vents on either side of the troublesome RB10 to avoid overheating, the car managed its longest stint on the track so far this pre-season following multiple problems with its Renault-powered engine in the previous tests in Jerez and Bahrain.

Australian Ricciardo managed 66 laps in total, including a 20-lap burst late on, and turned in the third fastest time of the day with one minute 35.743 seconds.

Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing RB10

Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing RB10

“This morning it was important to have the race crew here to do the pit stops, as they haven’t had the chance to get to grips with the car yet, so we didn’t do that many laps in the morning,” Ricciardo said afterwards.

“However, in the afternoon we did some good stuff. We had a go on the Soft tyre, which was nice, to see how the car responds with a bit more grip. We also did one long run at the end, which was very important, just to see how the car is behaving with the tyres,” he added.

“A big improvement everywhere over yesterday and a much more optimistic outlook now I think. We still have a lot to learn and understand, but we’re making progress and the past two days have been a big step in the right direction.”

Perhaps another glimmer of hope for the world champions is the fact that, the hitherto bullet-proof, Mercedes and McLaren teams endured power unit related problems during the course of the day. (Reuters-GP247)

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  • nowhereman

    Wait till the first race people…. scheech

  • BK201

    This site seems to exist as one gigantic anti-Red Bull hissy fit. Any comment on that rumor, GP247? Can I write “GP247 deny reports of hissy fit”?

    Also, have you stopped beating your wife?

  • Krunksoft

    What happens if none of the cars can finish the race in Australia? I think there’s a chance of that now that the Mercs are having some power unit problems.

  • bobmendon

    “The timing of the improvement could not be better as,
    amid reports of “hissy fits”, huge horsepower deficits and general negativity,
    F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel returns to the cockpit of the RB10 for his
    share of testing duty.”

    This site is so biased against RBR it isn’t funny. Instead of writing news they insist on writing fiction.

  • RBC

    Marko himself made mention of Vettel getting angry. The engine issue has been mentioned by Carlos Ghosn and Kamui Kobayashi. So GP247 are reporting the facts. That’s not bias, you cry baby.

  • RBC

    Marko himself made mention of Vettel getting angry. Get over it.

  • bobmendon

    Hey a$$tard…Marko did not use the term hissy fit. Oh and one size does not fit all regarding engine issues. Using that criteria, all the teams are having engine issues.

  • bobmendon

    He did not use the term hissy fit.

  • Mentorhombre

    It’s just RBR’s turn to struggle. This hits most top teams at some time or other. Ironically in the 1995 Indy 500 Penske failed to qualify any cars for the race despite many previous wins at the Brickyard. Look at Williams and McLaren as of late.
    As for myself, having another year of RBR dominance would just cause me to fast-forward most of the race. I have bad memories of MS & Ferrari making many races snooze feasts.
    All these changes and struggles just adds interest to the whole F1 circus for this long time F1 fan.

  • RBC

    Yeah but he did say that Vettel got upset, and it was not productive to be that way. From his screaming on the radio last year “Get them out of my way!” I can imagine it was a level of upset that some might refer to as “hissy fit.”

  • RBC

    Others used the term, Marko confirmed that Vettel did get really angry, and Red Bull’s engine issue are huge compared to everyone else, even Torro Rosso and Caterham. Just FACTS.

  • bobmendon

    So since you admit that it was not what he said, don’t try and cover your bs with more bs.

  • bobmendon

    “Mark is too slow. Get him out of the way”. You are entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts. http://youtu.be/SXPYSHRruXA

  • bobmendon

    In one race he radioed regarding back markers being lapped and ignoring the blue flag. Just stop hating. It is not impressive and makes you look really stupid.

  • RBC

    Wasn’t talking about that incident. I was talking about when he was stuck behind a car he was racing with and screamed at his team to find a way for him to get past. Maybe it was a Lotus, I don’t remember, but he screamed several times at them demanding that they find a way for him to pass.

    But yours is another example of Vettel screaming when he is not happy. Plus his screaming about Karthikeyan, and giving him the finger. There are other examples. So someone saying he was throwing a hissy for is not unreasonable.