17 May


Tuesday 17 May 2016
Driver: Daniel Ricciardo
Car: Red Bull Racing – TAG Heuer RB12
Laps: 89
Best time: 1:24.307
Circuit length: 4.655km
Fastest Lap: S. Vettel (1:23.220)

Just two days after the team’s sensational Spanish Grand Prix win, Red Bull Racing were back in action today at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, as Formula One’s first in-season test of 2016 got underway. And at the end of a busy day of running, Daniel Ricciardo had worked through 89 laps of the Montmeló track, with the team setting about development work of the RB12 ahead of the coming races.

“So far we’re pretty happy with how it’s looking. We’ll see what they find tonight but generally it was all pretty reliable and everything ran as smoothly as it could have,” said Daniel afterwards. “We had a few new bits on the car that we tried; I guess there will have been some images of crazy stuff attached to the car this morning! But it all went pretty well. It’s not as exciting as a race weekend I can tell you, but we did some good stuff today. We got the important things out of the way and there’s another day left for the team here. Then we have three street circuits coming up, it’s going to be good fun!”

Head of Race Engineering Guillaume Rocquelin added: “We qualified and raced here at the weekend so for us performance is not a concern at this test. We’re all about medium and long-term development of the car this week in Barcelona, which is why there were no performance runs today, as well a pretty conservative choice of tyres – using what we used at the weekend. We had a lot of different rakes on the car this morning to test a variety of components and then in the afternoon it was more about consistency. As I say, it’s about development, not looking at the next event, so there was no temptation to bring out the ultrasoft tyres today. We had a good clean day, though. There was a minor issues with a sensor in the morning that needed repair but other than that it was a decent day’s work.”

posted at 20:06:00 on 05/17/16 by webmaster - Category: tests