Last year’s Australian Grand Prix Daniel Ricciardo took P2 in qualifying and second place in podium before being disqualified over a breach of the fuel-flow regulations.
Also he was the only non-Mercedes contender to claim top podiums in last season, but local boy made a doubtful season start on Friday, set 10th fastest time with only nine laps.
Before the start of the second free practice session of the day, The Team had to make an engine change to Daniel’s car, a change that kept DR3 from running in FP2. Daniil completed 27 laps however, finishing 6th fastest with a time of 1:30.016. Nico Rosberg topped the time sheets with a 1:27.697.
“In FP1 it took us a while to get going and we didn’t get out straight away. 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.” Ricciardo said, Red Bull Racing official website reported.
“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.”
Meanwhile Daniil reflected: “Everything went quite well and according to plan today – everything felt good. 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.”