Vettel reliant on Ricciardo's data

By on Friday, May 9, 2014
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Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel says he will be reliant on data from Daniel Ricciardo's car after the German driver missed the majority of running in Spain.

Vettel's RB10 crawled to a halt after a handful of laps in the first practice session and Red Bull was unable to repair his RB10 in time for the second session.

"We had a simple failure in one of the looms this morning, which caused a short and meant the car stopped," he said.

"We had to change the chassis loom, which is a big job so I wasn’t able to go out this afternoon. It’s a small failure, but a big consequence; there was nothing new on that part of the car, it was something new that happened in that area.

"Luckily it happened today [rather than tomorrow], but unfortunately we lost the chance to prepare for Sunday with two cars, so I have to rely on what Daniel did today and get into the rhythm straight away tomorrow."

Daniel Ricciardo occupied the 'best of the rest' position behind the Mercedes drivers but was still almost a second down on Lewis Hamilton.

"It’s nice not to have gone backwards during the short break and I think we have shown improvement; we want to close the gap to Mercedes but they don’t seem to be showing any signs of slowing down," he said.

"It’s not great that Seb wasn’t running, two cars means twice the amount of feedback for the team and you don’t learn so much from one when you are trying new parts – but at least we got some good data. The short runs and long runs were both okay today."

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