New RB14 reportedly sustained damage to the front wing, nose, suspension and floor but Red Bull say that the incident is only a minor setback and is not expected to impact the start of their pre-season testing in Barcelona next week.
“Loosened everything up today in the new RB14 running the one-off paint scheme. The break was too long so enjoyed putting the helmet back on” Ricciardo said on Twitter after the session.
The weather was wet, the track was cold but after running concluded, following the session Daniel stated himself happy with his first experience of the new car. “It’s always hard to tell from a few laps but the initial feeling is good. It’s not doing anything that scares me and I can already feel that the rear of the car feels pretty settled, even in these poor conditions. Those are encouraging early signs.”
The RB14 wore a special edition livery at Silverstone, nicknamed ‘Disruption’ in the garage. Daniel accessorized it today with an Aston Martin DB11 in the same scheme. “I was staying on-trend,” he explained. “The car looked very cool today: it’s what you want to see when you walk into a garage.”
While not driving today, Max Verstappen found an excuse to stop by in the morning to take a look at the car and quiz Daniel on the performance. “The car looks very aggressive – and I really, really like today’s livery, said Max. “Daniel’s driving today but I can’t wait for my turn in Barcelona. Hopefully it will be drier.”
Winter testing begins next week. Alongside the formal group tests, teams are allowed to conduct two of these promotional events each year, within strict guidelines that limit running to 100km and mandate the use of a specific tyre compound developed by Pirelli for these occasions.