In only his second full day in the MCL35M, Daniel Ricciardo has had another successful day of testing, managing to grow in confidence as each lap gets ticked off.
Ricciardo feels that the test has been successful so far in all aspects and is looking forward to driving the car in the final session of pre-season testing tomorrow evening. Ricciardo managed to complete lots of laps which the Australian feels is important to test the reliability of the car.
“Another positive day, it’s been a good test so far and I’m looking forward to the evening session I’ll be running in tomorrow. We’ve been able to get a lot of laps in and tick off every run we had planned, which is important for us in terms of reliability and starting to build my confidence in the car.”
After having two morning sessions, Ricciardo is looking forward to driving in the evening, where conditions will be more representative of that on a grand prix weekend. Driving in the evening will allow the Australian to push a little more and lower any times he has set on the first day of testing.
“All I’m missing now is that evening session, I’ve had two of the morning sessions when the track is hot and usually we come here at night. But tomorrow, I’m on track later on and I think I’ll be able to push the car a bit more and get a better feeling of how comfortable I am, as well as a better understanding of how ready we are for two weeks’ time.”
Fans of the Australian Driver and McLaren do not have to wait long before Ricciardo is in McLaren colours at the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix commencing at the end of the month.