Daniel Ricciardo says he is unconcerned about lack of mileage during the opening day of Australian Grand Prix weekend, having sat out of FP2 with engine woes.
After setting the 10th fastest time in FP1, Ricciardo was unable to venture on track during second practice as Red Bull mechanics tirelessly replaced the Renault engine on his RB11.
However, with the assumption being that the original engine can be used again later this season(drivers are limited to four engine), the home hero was unfazed with how things panned out on Friday.
“In FP1 it took us a while to get going and we didn’t get out straight away,’’ Ricciardo was quoted after free practice. “A problem with the ICE meant we couldn’t run in FP2, but it’s a problem that we can fix for tomorrow. There’s a lot of time to do what we need, so there’s no concerns – it wasn’t worth rushing it to get five laps this afternoon.”
“We don’t believe it will affect one of the four engines, so it’s not a massive shot in the foot. I will look at what Daniil learnt in FP2 to get a direction for tomorrow – the circuit felt pretty rubbered in already in the morning so I should be able to get up to speed tomorrow. I’ve got to get these ants out of my pants now – I’m hanging out to drive! It’s been a bit of a tease all week, talking about driving, and now I just want to get out there,’’ he continued.
Daniil Kvyat, on the other hand, had a smooth day, having lodged close to 50 laps and set the sixth fastest time of the day.
“Everything went quite well and according to plan today – everything felt good,’’ said Daniil Kyvat who graduates to Red Bull after a season with Toro Rosso. “We will do what we can tonight to prepare for tomorrow. It’s too early to see where we are compared to the others as yet – but we’ll see where we can improve overnight. Tomorrow we will know more.”