'More issues' for Red Bull this year - Ricciardo

By on Saturday, March 14, 2015
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Daniel Ricciardo says Red Bull and Renault has encountered more issues compared to 2015 as he qualified seventh for his home race in Australia.

Ricciardo missed the second practice session due to a power unit change, with the squad's RB11 affected by driveability issues throughout the weekend.

"We made progress through the session which is promising, it was so good to feel the car for once and push it properly," he said.

"I think seventh is where we are now and I’m happy we achieved that as the weekend hasn’t gone well until now and qualifying was the first time I used the Soft tyre.

"The driveability has been tricky; we suffered a bit this time last year, but there are a few more issues this year which weren’t expected, but it’s how it is and we need to try and sort it out.

"I’m really happy with seventh as realistically that’s the best we could have done today. The progress we made through qualifying is real and hopefully we can carry that on for the race."

New team-mate Daniil Kvyat also encountered problems and will line up a lowly 13th on the grid.

"It was hard with the few laps that we had and I was just trying to get up to speed; I didn’t have enough confidence to make a good lap," he said.

"It’s not easy at the moment because we are trying to solve some problems, but we are making progress."

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