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Engine problems at Red Bull: Jerez is not a good place

Stefan Baldauf
Engine problems at Red Bull
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Z u At the beginning of the first day of the test, that sounded very optimistic. Red Bull team principal Christian Horner praised the new car and the progress made by Renault. The French are said to have found seven percent more power or 30 to 40 hp over the winter. The chassis engineers had driven out the weaknesses of the RB10 with the RB11. Daniel Ricciardo's first driving impression was good. The wind tunnel data too.

A small engine problem on the first day was discreetly kept quiet. On the second day of the test, the program finally stalled because Daniil Kvyat damaged the only available new nose in a slip. The hope that Ricciardo could make up lost ground on the third day was not fulfilled. After 5 laps on intermediates, the scroll bars in front of the Red Bull garage went down and the engineers leaned over the Renault engine.

A defect in the water pump forced the drive unit to be changed. At this point in time, team owner Dietrich Mateschitz and consultant Helmut Marko arrived on the track. The timing wasn't perfect. Ricciardo had two and a half hours to chat with the team management. And she waited in vain for her car when she visited the track.

Ricciardo left Räikkönen behind in the long run

The Australian only got back into the new Red Bull in the afternoon. Only to have to take a longer break after 7 laps. This time a sensor reported an alarm. The scenes were reminiscent of the previous year.

Team boss Christian Horner and technical director Adrian Newey started their journey home to England, slightly annoyed, when Ricciardo was finally able to do a few laps in a row. 'They were small long runs over 10 to 15 laps. We were able to consistently set decent lap times and learn a bit about the car. That is the positive aspect of the day,' said Ricciardo.

After measurements by auto motor und sport , who was third in the World Cup last year, was on average eight tenths faster than Kimi Räikkönen, who was on the road with a similar program at the same time. Nevertheless, Red Bull is far behind in terms of mileage. Mercedes manages the three-day workload of 102 laps in one morning.

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