Red Bull were satisfied with their most productive day of testing so far this year in Bahrain after Sebastian Vettel covered 59 laps in the RB10.
“We had a good day,” said race engineering co-ordinator Andy Damerum. “We did a tremendous amount of work overnight and the guys really pulled it together, so much so that we were ahead of schedule with the car this morning.”
“We were able to fix the problem we had yesterday very quickly and there were no lingering issues, so we managed some good running today.
“Every lap you turn gives you a huge amount of data and that’s gold dust, so we’re pleased with what we got done today.”
However he cautioned that one good day of running has not solved all their problems:
“We’re not out of the woods yet and we still have a lot of work to do but the direction we’ve taken is looking like the right one.
“After a successful morning we tried some new elements late in the day, which we had been waiting for. Sebastian felt those were a big step forward, so overall a very encouraging session.
“The times of course are irrelevant, as we’re solely focused on reliability at the moment, and in that respect we feel we are making good progress.”
Vettel said he was encouraged by his busiest day’s work so far in the new car: “It was good to get a proper first feel for the car and it feels OK but there’s a lot more to come.”
“It’s difficult to talk about catching up because I don’t know what other people are doing, but we did more laps than we have done so far and that’s the big thing.”
Daniel Ricciardo will take over the car for the remaining two days of the test.
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