TOUGH START TO OZ CAMPAIGN: Daniel Ricciardo will be hoping his engine problems are resolved before the 2015 Australian GP on March 15. Image: AP / Rob Griffith
MELBOURNE, Australia - Daniel Ricciardo put on a brave face on Friday (March 13 2015) after engine problems forced him to miss second practice for the season-opening 2015 Australian GP.
He completed nine laps in the first practice session then skipped the second warm-up after Red Bull's mechanics opted to switch engines.
Ricciardo, third in the 2014 championship, was frustrated by the setback but said it was not a major concern.
GRID PENALTY WOES
"It's a problem that we can fix for tomorrow (Saturday). There's a lot of time to do what we need, so there's no concerns. It wasn't worth rushing to get five laps this afternoon."
Under 2015 regulations teams have been limited to four power units per driver per season instead of the five of 2014. Grid penalties will be applied if allowances are exceeded but Ricciardo said this was not an issue for Australia.
"We don't believe it will affect one of the four engines. So it's not a massive shot in the foot."
Ricciardo said the delay had only fuelled his desperation to do well at his home GP. No Australian driver has won at home since Australia was added to the F1 schedule in 1985.
'BIT MORE FRUSTRATING'
Ricciardo crossed the line second in 2014 but was later disqualified because of a fuel irregularity and said he was hoping for better luck this weekend. "The whole week has been a bit of a tease," he explained. "We've talked about racing a lot and haven't done much of it.
"I'm just more and more anxious to drive. I have ants in my pants. It's just a bit more frustrating... but we will pick ourselves up and do what we can over the weekend.
"It would have been nice to get more laps today but it's definitely too early in the weekend to be down."
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