Ricciardo still looking for right balance in Abu Dhabi

Daniel Ricciardo has said that he is still looking for the right balance on his car after a disrupted Friday practice at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Ricciardo missed out on the end of FP1 after suffering an engine failure which caused an oil leak on his Renault, but the team managed to get his car repaired for the evening session where Riccardo ended up 16th fastest.

The team made some changes to Ricciardo’s car for the second session of the day, and although Ricciardo felt like it was an improvement, he is still working to get the balance right ahead of qualifying on Saturday.

“It wasn’t the smoothest Friday for us today.” commented Ricciardo after second practice.

“We missed a bit of running with the engine issue in the first session and, in the evening, we made some changes to the car.

“We were a bit off the pace, we haven’t quite found the balance yet, so we’ll be looking for some further tweaks ahead of qualifying.”

Ricciardo’s team-mate, Nico Hulkenberg, had a smooth Friday, but struggled for pace when temperatures dropped in the evening after struggling to get the tyres in the right temperature range, with the German setting a best time of 1m38.122s to go 15th fastest in FP2.

Despite that, Renault Sporting Director Alan Permane said that the car looks competitive on high fuel runs.

“Today proved to be a tricky day for us. FP1 went well enough but in the cooler conditions of FP2 we didn’t quite get the tyres into their working window for the first timed laps early in the session.” added Permane.

“As always we seem competitive on high fuel and we will be looking at various settings overnight to have the car in the right configuration to make some headway in final practice and qualifying tomorrow.”