Red Bull Racing had a relatively mediocre Friday practice session in Malaysia ahead of the second FIA Formula One World Championship race at Sepang as they finished the opening session in seventh and twelfth positions, the afternoon session would see them improve to third and seventh.
Sebastian Vettel was happy with his practice run saying “I think we had a good day, obviously Friday timings are not the most important thing in the world but it’s good to be up there and in range of the top guys.”
The defending world champion who retired from the opening race in Melbourne, Australia admitted there are still problems with the car that the team are trying to fix. “I think we had a decent day, not a completely smooth day for both of us, there are still some things to solve on the software side and the programming, but that’s the way it is. I think we have to learn a lot but all in all, I’m quite happy.”
Team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, who was disqualified following a solid drive to second place in the Australian Grand Prix finished the first day in seventh place. The Australian also echoed Vettel’s comments in that there are still things to improve on.
“I think we learned quite a lot about the short run pace this morning.” said Ricciardo. “We were pretty pleased with the progress we made, but it could have been better with the long runs. I think we’ve got some room for improvement, but that’s what tonight’s for.”
On a positive note the Australian was happy with the reliability of the car, “Reliability was good today, so I think we’re pretty pleased with that. It’s always warm here, the humidity is probably the biggest challenge about this place, but it’s all good, you know, it toughens us up a little bit!”