British Grand Prix – Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo says that the power unit problem that switched off his car during FP2 appears to have been terminal.
Ricciardo was left standing behind the trackside barriers with twenty minutes remaining in FP2, after his Renault switched itself off as he negotiated the Maggotts and Becketts complex at Silverstone.
Flying through the corners at full speed, his car simply switched off and he fought to control the car to a stop and safely brought it up at the side of the track.
Speaking afterwards, Ricciardo said that the power unit appears to be completely dead but that it was a practice ‘Spec A’ unit anyway: “I think it’s a dead engine, so we’re going to have a little service tonight. It was called ‘Pony’ as well. We’ll have to put Pony down, I think.”
“That was an original spec (engine), so definitely just a practice engine. It would have been nice to get that to do a few more Fridays but the word for now is that we’re going to say adios and put Pony down.”
The Renault drivers finished P7 and P8 in British FP1 but were P14 and P15 in FP2, with Ricciardo finishing just ahead of Hulkenberg at the end of the day. He’ll take a new chassis for Saturday’s running as a crack was found in his tub when his car was recovered to the pits.
Ricciardo optimistic for Saturday
The Australian driver says that Renault know where they can make up some laptime: “[We] missed out on the long run, but other than that, we seemed pretty good this morning, we fell back a little bit this afternoon but it’s close and I think we know there’s some lap time in a few areas so we’ll just try to clean up tomorrow.”
Having dropped out of the top ten in the afternoon, Ricciardo says he believes recovering to that level is achievable but that finding enough pace to return to their FP1 positions might be a step too far: “The timesheets don’t show too much optimism, but I think we are better than that. We’ve still got some work to do but I think there’s some lap time on the table which we can get back quickly. To put us back in the P7-P8 area, we do need to find a little bit more.”
“I think we’re currently good enough to get inside the top ten, but just. Still a few things to discover on the car, we had a bit of an issue this afternoon for the long run. Other than that, not a bad day. We won’t be up till midnight but we will do a bit of that tonight to get a bit more out of it.”
“We split the setups when we got a little bit closer this afternoon – me and Nico – but they’re still a little bit different in certain areas. Just trying to work out which direction to follow.”