Daniel Ricciardo’s Renault team’s motor up grade for this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix has unsuccessful to make any visible enhancement to the team’s efficiency soon after a depressing opening working day of observe at the Circuit de Catalunya.
Ricciardo completed the next observe session of the working day down in 15th position, additional than one.six seconds guiding tempo-setter Valtteri Bottas.
Ricciardo was also slower than teammate Nico Hulkenberg in equally observe classes as he slowed from P11 in the 1st session to P15 in the next.
Ricciardo admitted at the conclude of the working day that the team’s motor up grade experienced produced a sequence of equilibrium concerns that the crew has not smoothed out.
He stated the crew proceeds to experience assured with its efficiency on lengthy-operates and on more durable compound tyres — but admits they strike a “stalemate” though seeking to discover limited-operate tempo.
“The a person-lap efficiency now was not very good more than enough,” he told Renault.
“I consider the lengthy operates were being additional aggressive, and I consider they seemed somewhat fairly a large amount greater than the limited operates.
“But the 1st operate this early morning basically I felt fairly very good with the automobile and I felt like the updates labored fairly effectively.
“Then we strike a minimal little bit of a stalemate I guess and we did not seriously development that a lot by the working day.
“We want to go again and see what we modified from the 1st operate and just take a number of actions again and determine it out.
“I unquestionably felt some positives now, even although the conclude consequence does not search like that.
“The automobile is surely greater in places we just have to make absolutely sure we set it jointly on a person lap.
“There was a large amount discovered now. I felt the automobile was fairly very good to begin the working day and greater than what we confirmed on the timesheets. There is additional opportunity and we have some get the job done to do to determine why we could not show that tempo in excess of a person lap.”
Renault are introducing a clean motor on to their vehicles this weekend. The up grade, which ran originally in Ricciardo RS19 in opening observe, is currently being billed as offering equally efficiency and trustworthiness enhancements.
But Ricciardo is unsure about the team’s typical competitiveness so significantly at Barcelona soon after equally he and Nico Hulkenberg slipped out of the major 10 in Exercise two.
“Out of the box it felt fairly very good and our reference was below in February and I felt like we designed some very good development,” Ricciardo told Sky F1.
“The first emotion was good but then we could not seriously development it as well a lot from there. I nonetheless want to say I’m optimistic we’re not 15th or whatsoever we are, but we nonetheless have to determine out the a person-operate efficiency.”
Ricciardo commences Sunday’s race with a 3 position grid penalty soon after reversing into Daniil Kvyat’s Toro Rosso in Baku
Bottas led equally procedures classes for the Spanish Grand Prix, with Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton a near next and Ferrari nonetheless off the tempo.
Friday’s situations dampened hopes of an rapid return to pre-time screening sort for Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc, who have been eclipsed by Mercedes in the 1st 4 races.
Reigning champions Mercedes have notched up 4 successive a person-two finishes, leaving Ferrari 74 factors adrift in the constructors’ standings.
“The automobile felt seriously very good now, entirely diverse to how it was in wintertime screening, and it would seem like our cornering efficiency has enhanced,” Bottas stated.
“The equilibrium close to the lap is also greater, so it seems to be like we have taken the correct course given that the wintertime.”