Ricciardo: We’re confident but until we get laps under our belt we can’t really be sure of anything

12 February, 2014

Daniel Ricciardo surrounded by media at Jerez

Daniel Ricciardo surrounded by media at Jerez

Daniel Ricciardo says that Formula 1 World Champions Red Bull are confident that they have overcome the technical crisis that has engulfed them this past month.

The team’s new RB10 barely ran at the opening Jerez test recently amid packaging and Renault Power Unit issues.

Ahead of the second of three pre-season tests, set to begin in Bahrain next week, team driver Ricciardo said: “We’re confident that we’ll run a bit smoother.

“But it’s so complex this year, until we get laps under our belt we can’t really be sure of anything,” he is quoted by the Australian news agency AAP.

Daniel Ricciardo did not do many laps in the Red Bull RB10 at Jerez last month

Daniel Ricciardo did not do many laps in the Red Bull RB10 at Jerez last month

“I saw the car yesterday and they’ve made quite a bit of progress, so hopefully we’ll get a few more laps and kickstart our season,” Ricciardo added.

Williams driver Felipe Massa, who moved from Ferrari over the winter, said recently that he would be “worried” if he was in Sebastian Vettel or Ricciardo’s shoes.

He told reporters in Sao Paulo this week: “It is not a disaster, but it is a concern not to be able to test.

“But I think it is a problem with all the Renault cars,” Massa added. “With such a small rear, in the case of the Red Bull, there may be overheating, but it’s difficult to know.”

Meanwhile, Ricciardo was asked by AAP about his new teammate, the reigning quadruple World Champion Vettel, following the German’s comments that he will not be helping the young Australian get up to speed in 2014.

Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo during the Red Bull RB10 launch

Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo during the Red Bull RB10 launch

“I’ll pick things up naturally from him and learn the ins and outs of how he works,” said the 24-year-old.

“Obviously he’s not going to tell me how to drive around a corner – we’re all capable of that now.”

Ricciardo was also asked about predecessor and countryman Mark Webber’s latest comments, when the veteran Australian predicted he would match Vettel in qualifying this year.

“I won’t say I’ll come out and beat him – because until I do that, I don’t want to say anything. But of course I’d love to,” Ricciardo smiled.

“Obviously we know the calibre of driver that he is, so the first thing is I’ve got to learn from him, respect what he does and then try to match him.” (GMM)

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  • Tamburello1994

    Cheating accusations in . . . 3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . . .

  • Resultant Asteroid

    Yeah, now they are trying to get comments from Ricciardo about what THEY interpreted from Seb’s comments.
    So there is no problem between teammates at RB up till now? … let’s create one.

  • Tamburello1994

    Notice how the story morphed into a(nother) Vettel hit piece? So did I.

    He did his part with the ambiguous comment. Could have been avoided with a bit more tact.

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