After introducing an upgraded power unit last round in Brazil, Red Bull Racing will revert to an older spec engine for this weekend’s race in Abu Dhabi.
Daniel Ricciardo ran the updated power unit in Brazil, although failed to see an improvement as he failed to out-qualify team-mate Daniil Kvyat who was running an older version of the Renault power unit. Ricciardo was two-tenths slower than Kvyat in the final qualifying session.
Although Ricciardo is changing engines for this round in Abu Dhabi, he escapes a penalty due to the fact he has already used this engine previously in the season.
“At least [the engine] is something that we know and Danny’s weekend (with the previous spec engine) wasn’t too bad in Brazil. At least it is even, and there is no, he’s got this and he’s got that. So put both in the car and then neither of us as any reasons to complain or make excuses.”
Despite the lack of power the Renault has compared to its rivals, Ricciardo is encouraged by the progress Red Bull has made with the chassis throughout the 2015 season.
“If we had more power we could probably win races, but at the same time it’s quite cool that we know we have good guys in the team and we have a good car. It’s frustrating but it is quite rewarding because the guys know the work they are doing is working. For me, we didn’t have the quickest car at the start of the year, the chassis had some deficiencies, but I think what the team has done is make the chassis pretty much back to where it was last year, which is as good as the Mercedes.”
Ricciardo currently sits eighth in the championship standings and ten points behind Kvyat in seventh, who is in his second year in Formula 1.
“I think what was probably surprising or good from him was the first four or five races, it seemed he wasn’t quite up to speed, whether it was with a bigger team or the new car, it looked like he would either learn quick or it would be a disaster of a season for him. He turned it around quickly. My season as well has gone like that, but he has maintained a pretty good level of performances.”
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