Mixed day for Ricciardo


Daniel Ricciardo made a troubled start to day three in Jerez, but things were pretty smooth later in the afternoon.

The Australian completed only 48 laps on Tuesday after he had some issues with the power unit of his Red Bull RB11 early in the day, forcing him to spend a lot of the morning session in the garage.

The mechanics opted to change the power unit and, although he was more than two seconds off the time of pacesetter Felipe Nasr of Sauber at the end of the day, he produced a solid display for the rest of the afternoon with several long runs.

"Although we were limited with running today, we got some long runs together and that was encouraging," Ricciardo said. "I was happy to do some 10-15 lap runs as that’s always where you get a better understanding of the car. Every lap we do we understand something more about the car or the driveablility of the Renault power unit. So it was a decent afternoon. 

"In terms of where we’re at, it’s impossible to know about the pace because we don’t know what people are running, but I think the consistency today was good, we put a few laps together in the end, so a few positives to take away from today."

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