Daniel Ricciardo: “We ran pretty faultlessly”

Daniel Ricciardo finished second fastest on day two of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya on Tuesday and felt he had a good day behind the wheel of the Red Bull Racing RB12.

The Australian completed 112 untroubled laps of the Spanish circuit, and set his best time of 1m23.525s on the new Ultrasoft Pirelli tyre, even though he knows the compound is unlikely to be relevant on this style of circuit.

“It was a good day,” reflected Ricciardo. “We did pretty much every run on our schedule and run plans are always pretty optimistic so I think we’ll take that today.

“We put in over 100 laps and we ran pretty faultlessly. It was good for me to get a lot more laps. We also tried a few compounds, which maybe is not so relevant at this time of year but it was good to try them anyways. So, for me, a positive two days; you can’t ask for too much more.

“I’m looking forward to next week’s test now – I’ll have just two more days and then it’s Melbourne. I’m just excited to roll it over now and to get to Australia.”

Daniil Kvyat takes over from Ricciardo for day three on Wednesday.