Red Bull: There’s a lot of boxes to be ticked

Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull report from day one of the Belgian Grand Prix weekend, Round 12 of the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship, at Spa-Francorchamps.

Daniel Ricciardo

  • First Practice Session: Position: 9, Best Time: 1:52.972, Laps: 19
  • Second Practice Session: Position: 8, Best Time: 1:50.977, Laps: 16

“I think we knew it would be difficult to break away from the mid field here – we see Force India, McLaren and Toro Rosso and a few of the others are strong. Hopefully tomorrow we can find a bit more speed and get ahead of them. Our long run is better than our short run pace, so that’s not bad, if we have a good race car then Sundays are always more fun. If the track keeps rubbering in, and we’ll see what the weather does tomorrow, then it should come a bit more into our hands. Eau Rouge is still flat out, but you have to concentrate a bit more, it’s not a Sunday drive through there anymore!”

Sebastian Vettel:

  • First Practice Session: Position: 11, Best Time: 1:53.369, Laps: 11
  • Second Practice Session: Position: – Best Time: –  Laps: 0

“Hopefully the engine we had a problem with today is not damaged, we have to check it properly. If it is then obviously we have to get another one out, not necessarily for this weekend but some weekends in the future so we’ll have to wait and see. Obviously I didn’t drive much except for a few laps this morning. There’s a lot of boxes to be ticked in general, and it’s important around here to get your eye in, every year’s different. It’s a long lap, there’s a lot of high speed corners and therefore it’s important to have a rhythm, whereas at a slower track maybe it’s a little bit easier.”