Red Bull Racing's Daniel Ricciardo has played down the fact Mercedes managed to do so many laps this week during the opening 2014 F1 pre-season test at Jerez in Spain.
Red Bull and Renault had a dismal time, and in total the Renault powered teams did just 151 tours, compared to the 875 managed by Mercedes [for a full statistical analysis of the week's test - CLICK HERE
Asked about the fact Mercedes managed more than five times as many laps as Renault and if this adds to the pressure, Ricciardo said he wasn't particularly concerned: “I don't think it adds pressure,” he confirmed to reporters, including Crash.net
“I didn't look so much [at what they were doing],” he added. “I guess I was trying to get going on our team, but obviously I think Mercedes did quite a few laps. So in terms of reliability they look good for now, but for speed they could be doing 100 laps a day but a second or so off the pace – who knows.
“It's hard to really know yet. We are not going to read into it. Obviously we would have loved to have done more laps [ourselves]. But we are not going to get down about it.”
Ricciardo also added that he doesn't think the lack of mileage at Jerez - Red Bull Racing did just 21 laps – will have much impact on how they prepare for the season ahead.
“I don't think it is going to affect that. We do have the best team in the world and they are going to turn this thing around. Okay, it didn't work so good the last few days, but the confidence I have in these guys to solve the problem we have now is higher than it could be. It is not like the season has started yet. We have still got a long time to get it back. For me it is alright. The few laps I did in the car, it still feels like a race car - it is not anything that is out of the ordinary. I am sure once it gets going I won't feel out of place,” he remarked.
“Obviously from now we need to do more laps than we did here,” he continued. “But at the same time as long as we are running good in Melbourne, and I am sure the car will be competitive, then that is all we need at the end of the day. We will see. Obviously the plan is to get more running in Bahrain.
“[All-in-all] I have still got a smile on my face and I know we won't have these conversations for too much longer,” he concluded.