Ricciardo hoping to save engine

By on Friday, March 13, 2015
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Daniel Ricciardo says he is hopeful that he can save one of his four engines after technical problems blighted his preparation for the Australian Grand Prix.

Ricciardo completed only nine laps on his way to 10th position in the first session and had to sit out second practice while Red Bull carried out a change of power unit.

Each driver is permitted only four power units for the entire season and Ricciardo is naturally optimistic that one of the four from his allocation can be salvaged at this early stage in the campaign.

"In FP1 it took us a while to get going and we didn’t get out straight away," he said. "A problem with the ICE [Internal Combustion Engine] meant we couldn’t run in FP2, but it’s a problem that we can fix for tomorrow.

"There’s a lot of time to do what we need, so there’s no concerns – it wasn’t worth rushing it to get five laps this afternoon. We don’t believe it will affect one of the four engines, so it’s not a massive shot in the foot.

"I will look at what Daniil [Kvyat] learnt in FP2 to get a direction for tomorrow – the circuit felt pretty rubbered in already in the morning so I should be able to get up to speed tomorrow.

"I’ve got to get these ants out of my pants now – I’m hanging out to drive! It’s been a bit of a tease all week, talking about driving, and now I just want to get out there."

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