F1: Red Bull will overcome difficult testing in Jerez, says Daniel Ricciardo

For the third day running in Jerez, Red Bull were forced to bring an early end to their test.

Daniel Ricciardo has backed Red Bull to put right their problems in testing because they are “the best team in the world”.

For the third day running in Jerez, Red Bull were forced to bring an early end to their test.

It means that over the four days the reigning four-times Formula One champions have managed a miserable grand total of just 21 laps - 11 for Sebastian Vettel and 10 for new team-mate Ricciardo because of a series of mechanical problems.

But Ricciardo, who moved from sister team Toro Rosso over the winter as a replacement for fellow Australian Mark Webber, said: "We do have the best team in the world and they're going to turn this thing around.

"We're not going to get down about it because if anyone can pull it off, it's these guys.

"It's just that as we expected it's going to take a bit of time, so we'll go back and hopefully figure it all out."

The team have encountered a range of problems, including issues with the new Renault powertrains and energy recovery system (ERS), along with a rushed build of the RB10 that resulted in them packaging the highly-complex components for this season far too tightly.

That, in turn, has resulted in overheating issues, with parts known to have burned up in the intense heat generated under the chassis.

In a last-ditch bid for track time on Friday, photographs emerged of the car equipped with makeshift vents in the bodywork.

But after just seven laps, all completed in the opening two hours of a wet morning, Red Bull decided they could go no further by lunchtime.

"It's a complex system that's not going to take 24 hours to solve," Ricciardo added.

"Obviously we came here to drive, but also to understand, and I think they've definitely understood things, so let's see what happens in a few weeks.

"It's best now we get some time away from the track and figure out what needs to be done.

"You have to remember the season's not started, we're not losing points by not driving now. We've still time to claw back the track time we've lost."

The second testing stint begins in Bahrain on February 19. Perhaps with a touch of understatement, team principal Christian Horner claimed the test had been "very difficult" but was confident Red Bull would get on top of their troubles.

Horner said: "We have had numerous Renault issues, as well as chassis cooling issues, which have affected our progress.

"However, despite the lack of mileage, what we have managed to learn shows the problems should be solvable for the next test in Bahrain.

"Part of the purpose of this early test was to learn about any issues ahead of the start of the season and there will now be a lot of focus on the dyno over the next few weeks."

Race engineering co-ordinator Andy Damerum has promised a full-on assault from now until the next test.

Damerum said: "The decision was taken to retire early, take the data we have amassed and work towards the next test in Bahrain.

"Two weeks is a long time in Formula One and we, and I'm sure Renault, will work flat out now to solve the problems we've been having."

PA

Suggested Topics
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

A nap a day could save your life - and here's why

A nap a day could save your life

A midday nap is 'associated with reduced blood pressure'
If men are so obsessed by sex, why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?

If men are so obsessed by sex...

...why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?
The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3

Jon Thoday and Richard Allen-Turner

The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3
The bathing machine is back... but with a difference

Rolling in the deep

The bathing machine is back but with a difference
Part-privatised tests, new age limits, driverless cars: Tories plot motoring revolution

Conservatives plot a motoring revolution

Draft report reveals biggest reform to regulations since driving test introduced in 1935
The Silk Roads that trace civilisation: Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places

The Silk Roads that trace civilisation

Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places
House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled

The honours that shame Britain

Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled
When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race

'When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race'

Why are black men living the stereotypes and why are we letting them get away with it?
International Tap Festival: Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic

International Tap Festival comes to the UK

Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic
War with Isis: Is Turkey's buffer zone in Syria a matter of self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Ankara accused of exacerbating racial division by allowing Turkmen minority to cross the border
Doris Lessing: Acclaimed novelist was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show

'A subversive brothel keeper and Communist'

Acclaimed novelist Doris Lessing was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show
Big Blue Live: BBC's Springwatch offshoot swaps back gardens for California's Monterey Bay

BBC heads to the Californian coast

The Big Blue Live crew is preparing for the first of three episodes on Sunday night, filming from boats, planes and an aquarium studio
Austin Bidwell: The Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England with the most daring forgery the world had known

Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England

Conman Austin Bidwell. was a heartless cad who carried out the most daring forgery the world had known
Car hacking scandal: Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked

Car hacking scandal

Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked
10 best placemats

Take your seat: 10 best placemats

Protect your table and dine in style with a bold new accessory