It can’t have been easy for Daniel Ricciardo to maintain his trademark smile over the past week in Jerez, given the problems with the RB10.
Nevertheless despite realising that the upcoming season might not be the one he had hoped for the Aussie remains upbeat about the prospects of his team turning things around.
“Obviously now it’s good to have a bit of a break before Bahrain, take it all back to the factory and figure it out, and look forward to doing a few more laps there,” he said. “We obviously tried running everything how it should be run. Everything needs to correlate properly, it’s a complex machine this year. As we expected it’s going to take a bit of time, so we’ll go back and hopefully figure it out before Melbourne.
“If anyone can pull it off it’s these guys, but there’s nothing to pull off yet, it’s still early. But I’m sure they’ll make a quick turnaround, because they’re the best in the world.”
Ricciardo said the reliable form of Mercedes was not a concern for the team.
“I don’t think it adds pressure. For all we know they could be a second off the pace, who knows? So we’re not going to read into it. Obviously we would have loved to have done more laps, I came here to drive, but we’re not going to get down about it.
“We came here to drive, but we also came to understand, and I think they’ve definitely understood some things. Let’s see what happens in a few weeks.”
Regarding the specifics of what was wrong, he said: “The issues we’ve had the last few days, it’s complex I guess, it’s a combination of more or less everything. It’s such a complex system this year that it’s not going to take 24 hours to solve. It’s best now that we get some time away from the track, and figure out what needs to be done. That’s not my job, but obviously I’ll keep in touch with the team in the next few weeks, and see how it’s all going.”