Daniel Ricciardo was encouraged by the Red Bull RB14’s pace during the winter Formula 1 tests. The next stop now for his team is the Honey Badger’s home race weekend in Melbourne, the opening round of the 2018 F1 season, in a little less than a fortnight.
“We had some strong pace in testing at times, but then you see what others are doing and then you’re not sure anymore, but I think we’re looking OK. I think we still have to find a bit of time, we still have things to improve, but I think we are close enough to be in the hunt”, Ricciardo said.
“It’s been a good winter, we did a lot of laps and we’re definitely feeling better about ourselves than we did 12 months ago. For me, I’m glad testing is over, it’s not that exciting, especially when you’re in the middle of a long run on a good bit of fuel! I’m looking forward to Melbourne now, that’s what my sights are set on. I’d love a good result there. We’ll try to come out with strong intentions. I think we can be close and I’m looking forward to a battle.”
Testing done, let’s race already! ? #givesyouwings pic.twitter.com/aLFfzBT9Xv
— Red Bull Racing (@redbullracing) March 12, 2018
Daniel Ricciardo was encouraged by the Red Bull RB14’s pace during the winter Formula 1 tests. The next stop now for his team is the Honey Badger’s home race weekend in Melbourne
Max Verstappen was also pleased with the pace: “We can definitely work from here. If it’s going to be good enough, we’ll have to wait and see. We’ll find out when we get into the races, but I think we can be happy with what we have. I’m ready for it.”
The second test week was extremely positive for the Milton Keynes team, Head of Race Engineering Guillaume Rocquelin added.
“Overall, it’s been an excellent week of testing for us and we learned a lot about the RB14. Now we have two weeks to analyse all of that information and act on it before arriving in Melbourne”, Rocquelin explained.
When that first race is just around the corner… ? #givesyouwings pic.twitter.com/iuFa0NEfLM
— Red Bull Racing (@redbullracing) March 13, 2018