Ricciardo left frustrated after issues in practice on Renault debut

15-03-2019 11:15
by Jake Williams-Smith
Ricciardo left frustrated after issues in practice on Renault debut

Daniel Ricciardo was left frustrated after Friday running after a seat issue in second practice caused a delayed start to his afternoon session.

The home favourite finished a lowly 17th in FP1 before improving massively in the second practice session to eighth place. 

Ricciardo was realistic in his assessment preseason about Renault's slim chances of scoring a race win but did admit that he was disappointed to not have learned more on the first day back after winter testing.

"To be honest it was a bit more of a difficult day, and then we got the one lap in with the soft tyre at the end of FP2 which put us in a more competitive place," he said.

"The long run wasn’t that good, either. We were a bit up and down. There’s still a lot to learn with the car and still some ways to set it up and a few little tricks here and there.

"Nico obviously has a bit more knowledge with that, so [I'm] just trying to understand a bit of that direction, and for now I’ll probably learn a few things from him and maybe as time goes on he’ll learn some things from me."

The Australian pinpointed a seat issue as the cause of the delay to his running.

"We were a bit delayed getting out for both runs - just a few little things with the belts," he explained to media after practice.

"It was actually strange, because they were really loose. Then they made a small adjustment and they couldn't even tighten them. It is like the adjustments were out. We will figure that out.

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