• Young Driver Test - Day 2

Ricciardo happy with Red Bull run

ESPN Staff
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Daniel Ricciardo drove for both Toro Rosso and Red Bull on Thursday © Sutton Images

Daniel Ricciardo said he was pleased with his performance driving for Red Bull despite going off in the RB9 at Silverstone.

Having driven for Toro Rosso in the morning on day two of the Young Driver Test, Ricciardo got an afternoon in the Red Bull as the team ponders whether he or Kimi Raikkonen will replace Mark Webber at the end of the season. Having completed 59 laps for the senior team and set the third quickest time, Ricciardo said he hadn't encountered any major issues.

"It was good fun," Ricciardo said. "It was a busy day so at the moment it's a bit of a blur, obviously jumping out of one and in to the other. I did quite a few laps but I was happy with how it went. I had a small off earlier but I think it was a pretty trouble-free day."

Reflecting on his trip in to the gravel at Luffield that caused a red flag, Ricciardo laughed off the error.

"It was my mistake really. I lost the rear on the entry and was just probably pushing a little bit too hard. The gravel was a little bit like quicksand; I thought I would get out but I didn't so I gave the guys a bit of a job to do. I saw them, they weren't really busy in the garage so I thought 'I'll give them a job to do, clean the car!' It was just a small error."

Ricciardo also said he could notice many differences between his Toro Rosso and the Red Bull having driven both in the same day.

"To the media not very descriptive! It was a good opportunity to get the half day and have a look what it was like. There were some differences - I guess I can't really say what - but it was good to get a comparison for myself and a bit of homework to look back on."

Asked if he was feeling any added pressure after Christian Horner said it was a choice between just two drivers, Ricciardo replied: "No, it's fun!

"It's exciting. So whatever happens, happens. Obviously it was nice to get a few laps in the car - obviously testing is pretty limited - so to get that small opportunity and to see what it's like, if I don't get a chance further down the track, that was already a nice little bonus. We'll see what happens and I'll watch Seb [Vettel]'s times tomorrow; hopefully they won't put me to shame!"

Red Bull's race engineering co-ordinator Andy Damerum was full of praise for Ricciardo's performance.

"Daniel had only about 45 minutes to swap over from his morning tyre test to driving our car, a completely different machine, but he was up to speed very quickly," he said. "As ever his feedback was exemplary and he gave us a lot of information to go through."