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Driveshaft issue compromises Red Bull’s aero testing on Wednesday

Barcelona, Spain

Red Bull Racing’s Dan Ticktum lost track time on Wednesday with a driveshaft problem, but the team say that they still gained useful information regarding their aero developments.

2018 Formula 3 runner-up Dan Ticktum was at the wheel of the RB15 on Wednesday for the second day of the in-season test at the Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya.

He clocked up 79 laps during the day, with a best time of 1:19.458. It’s Ticktum’s second time to have tested the car, having also driven during the first in-season test in Bahrain in early April.

“I think for the Team, data-wise, we got what we wanted as today was about executing a specific run plan rather than setting purple sectors.” explained Ticktum after his day. Having brought out the red flags when he stopped on track with a technical problem before the lunch break, he said: “We had a driveline issue this morning which cost us a few hours but the running that we did get was positive. There will be more feedback later in the week, but overall, at the moment, everyone’s satisfied.”
Red Bull engineer Simon Rennie said the team concentrated on learning about their aero package after recent upgrades, and praised Ticktum for his hard work throughout the day: “It was a full programme of aero testing today. Some of that was about understanding the car that we have, and the rest was assessing future developments.”
“The issue that we had at midday kept us in the garage for a few hours and it was a shame to lose that time but the running we had was very useful. Dan had a good day. As was the case in Bahrain, he did everything we asked him to do. There were many complicated procedures to master and he did them all faultlessly. It was interesting having him back in the car six weeks on from the Bahrain test, as he was able to relate to us the areas in which he felt the car has improved since the start of April.”

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