Daniel Ricciardo, RB, Imola, 2024

Ricciardo and Tsunoda get major RB aerodynamic upgrade for Spanish GP

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Daniel Ricciardo and Yuki Tsunoda will benefit from an extensive update to their RB 01 at this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix.

The team will bring an extensive aerodynamic update for both cars to the ninth round of the championship, which begins a row of three consecutive events.

“A significant amount of work was put in by Faenza and Bicester to prepare and deliver an aerodynamic update consisting of a floor, bodywork and rear wing for both cars, to provide a measurable performance benefit,” said the team’s technical director Jody Egginton.

“As a result of having this update, the Friday sessions will be especially busy, in order to gather and process as much data as possible and get ready for Saturday onwards.”

RB lie sixth in the constructors’ championship, 30 points behind Aston Martin, but lost 10 points to them at the last round in Canada. Ricciardo gave the team its best starting position for a grand prix so far this year with fifth place at Montreal, but his race was compromised when a creeping clutch led to him receiving a five-second time penalty for jumping the start.

“Recent results have been reasonable and we have been scoring points,” said Egginton. “However, the midfield battle is incredibly tight and we are under no illusion that we must deliver well-executed events to be towards the front of this group with a chance of scoring points.”

Tsunoda, who scored the majority of RB’s points so far this year said their car “seems to perform well at all tracks” and has “no concerns on the performance side” for this weekend.

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“The key will be to get a good understanding of how our package is working at this track as soon as possible during free practice and then get the most out of it.”

Ricciardo did not participate in this race last year, so this weekend will be his first experience of the revised final sector at the Circuit de Catalunya. The original final corners were restored last year, removing the low-speed chicane which was installed in 2007 on safety grounds.

“I’m excited to drive it with the faster last sector that they changed for last year,” said Ricciardo. “I’m looking forward to getting back on that track. Normally, it’s quite familiar but we didn’t do any testing there this year, so it should be fun.”

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8 comments on “Ricciardo and Tsunoda get major RB aerodynamic upgrade for Spanish GP”

  1. Aston Martin’s close is likely to be miles behind in that case.

    1. Aston Martin’s car is likely to be miles behind in that case.*

      1. 1. Proofreading is easy

        2. RB bring updates to Barcelona, Tsunoda finishes ahead of Ricciardo

        1. 2. RB bring updates to Barcelona, Ricciardo finishes ahead of Tsunoda.

          Fixed that for you.

  2. One would think RB would be focused on the issues that it is having at the start.

    They’re getting hammered at race starts.

  3. RB is looking like it could lead the midfield in the hands of Tsonuda. Aston martin will go down as the biggest let down of the season. They are going from a fight for P3 in the WCC in 2023 with McLaren, to a fight for P5 in the WCC with RB.

    1. And, based on Alonso’s speed, it seems very likely the RB is faster than the Aston Martin on both one lap and even more so on race pace.

  4. It would seem that RB would be concentrating on the problems it is now facing.

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