Daniil Kvyat broke the front wing of the Red Bull RB11 during his stint in the cockpit when he made contact with a barrier exiting Turn 2, putting a dampner on his debut as a Red Bull driver.
The team nevertheless sent him out without front wing so as not to interrupt the test programme while they wait for a new front wing to be flown in from Milton Keynes.
Team principal Christian Horner explained, “Dany had a very slight off on an install lap this morning, on cold track. He was just changing something on the steering wheel between Turns Two and Three very lightly touched the tyre wall with the front wing. That’s damaged the front wing.”
“It’s the only front wing assembly that we have in Jerez at the moment, which is relatively usual for when you’re not abundant with spare parts. That’s why we’re running without the main plane at the moment. Obviously more components coming down later this afternoon and this evening and during the next few days.”
“What I should really be telling you is that we have so much front downforce we don’t need the front wing, and we’re just trying to balance the car,” added Horner with a smile.