Ricciardo: Not the most thrilling day

Date published: April 18 2017

Laying down the laps at the Sakhir circuit, at least until his engine issue, Daniel Ricciardo admits it wasn’t a thrilling but that Red Bull still learned a lot.

The Aussie covered 45 laps on Day One of the first in-season test of this season, which took place in Bahrain.

His best time, a 1:32.349, put him at the top of the timesheets, however, as the day wore on his fell to third.

Ricciardo was unable to defend his position due to an engine issue in the afternoon session.

“It was a good outing for the aero department,” he said.

“We did a lot of data gathering in the first hour, which all went to plan, and that’s important for the guys, even though for a driver it’s not the most thrilling thing, as you’re just trundling around really!

“After that we did a few runs on the soft tyre and made a few mechanical changes, which were interesting, we then completed a couple of runs on the supersoft. I think we discovered a few things there.

“You do try some bigger set-up steps than you might do on a race weekend and it was interesting to see what the results of those changes were.

“We were planning a few long runs in the afternoon but obviously the power unit issue prevented that.”