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More problems today for World Champs Red Bull

Feb 27, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

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Time may be running out for four-time reigning World Champions Red Bull, who suffered through more issues with their Renault-powered RB10 today during the start of the final F1 preseason test at Bahrain International Circuit.

Daniel Ricciardo had started things off today well enough with a total of 32 laps in the morning. But his afternoon session was marred by an exhaust problem on the car that sent the Australian into the paddock.

He wouldn’t return until late in the session, adding another seven laps for a total of 39 on the day. His fastest lap was a 1:37.908, good for seventh on the time sheets.

Afterwards, Ricciardo tried to keep positive despite the setback.

“The morning was much better for us with a few longer runs,” said Ricciardo. “Behind the wheel, that’s the best I’ve felt so far. The package seems to be coming together better. We still had a few issues today, but at least when the car was on track it was much more useful running and we made progress in the morning.

“It’s getting there. I’d love to keep going, but at least [Sebastian Vettel] has two days after me in the car, so I think we’ll be looking pretty good for the next three days.”

Team race engineering coordinator Andy Damerun said that the plan had been for Ricciardo to increase the length of his runs incrementally.

“We sent Daniel out for a long-ish run, but we had to abort about five laps in, as we noticed some issues on the sensors,” he said. “We brought him in, had a look at the car and discovered that we had a problem with the exhaust. So we had a long afternoon in the garage, but we did manage to get Daniel back out at the end of the session, which was good.

“We have some work to do overnight but hopefully tomorrow, we’ll able to run in a similar style to this morning.”

  1. testover6370 - Feb 27, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    So the whole double points for the last race thing was supposed to prevent Red Bull from running away with the championship long before the end of the season. Wouldn’t it be ironic if, after falling behind at the beginning of the year, Red Bull fix the car, start clawing their way back into contention, and the double points at the end give them another championship?

    • indycarseries500 - Feb 27, 2014 at 1:54 PM

      Sounds like it’d still give the desired effect.

      • testover6370 - Feb 27, 2014 at 2:00 PM

        Yes and no. Yes, in my imagined scenario it would do exactly what they hoped which was a come-from-behind-finish at the very last race. Unfortunately for them that winner would be Red Bull again, which is exactly the team they did not want to be the winner in that scenario. It simultaneously achieves and defeats their intentions. That’s why it would be so funny.

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