Red Bull improve on day two in Bahrain

Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:23am EST
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(Reuters) - Struggling Red Bull had cause for optimism following day two of Formula One's final pre-season test in Bahrain on Friday, with Daniel Ricciardo recording the team's fastest lap in six days of testing in the Middle East.

Using modified 'emergency' vents on either side of the troublesome RB10 to avoid overheating, the car managed its longest stint on the track in pre-season following multiple problems with its Renault-powered engine in the previous tests in Jerez and Bahrain.

Australian Ricciardo managed 66 laps in total, including a 20-lap burst late on, and turned in the third fastest time of the day with one minute 35.743 seconds.

"This morning it was important to have the race crew here to do the pit stops, as they haven't had the chance to get to grips with the car yet, so we didn't do that many laps in the morning," Ricciardo told the Red Bull website (

"However, in the afternoon we did some good stuff. We had a go on the soft tire, which was nice, to see how the car responds with a bit more grip. We also did one long run at the end, which was very important, just to see how the car is behaving with the tires," he added.

"A big improvement everywhere over yesterday and a much more optimistic outlook now I think. We still have a lot to learn and understand, but we're making progress and the past two days have been a big step in the right direction."

Ricciardo will be replaced by four-times world champion Sebastian Vettel for the final two days of testing.

Mexican Sergio Perez, in a Mercedes-powered Force India, topped the times for the second consecutive day with one minute 35.570 seconds, completing 108 laps in the process.

FINAL OUTING   Continued...

Red Bull Racing Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany test drives his car during the second Formula One testing in Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, south of Manama, February 27, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer