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2014-01-31 09:00

BAD NEWS: Red Bull continues to experience problems with the RB10 2014 car as both drivers fail to complete enough laps at the pre-season testing in Jerez, Spain. Image: AFP

JOSEPH WILSON

JEREZ, Spain - Engine trouble limited Red Bull's new car to a handful of laps on Day 3 of Formula 1 pre-season testing with Sebastian Vettel's new team mate Daniel Ricciardo sputtering to a halt only a few seconds into his debut drive with the team.

Mechanics tended to the car and Ricciardo went back out for a only two more laps before calling it quits. That gave Red Bull a measly total of 14 laps through the first three days of testing, which ends on Friday (Jan 31 2014).

Fernando Alonso's new Ferrari stopped after 26 laps. His Spanish fans cheered him on from the stands as he was ferried back to the pits but after a quick fix in the garage he was back out and adding up the laps.

DEBUTANT HAD HICCUPS

Ricciardo only made it halfway around the Jerez track before his RB10 rolled to a stop and began spouting smoke from the back.

The Australian  was debuting for Red Bull after four-time defending F1 champion Sebastian Vettel was limited to just 11 laps over the first two sessions.

Vettel's run on Day 2 was cut short when engine-maker Renault reported a malfunction in his car's power unit. The Austrian team said "similar issues" still plagued their new car.

Red Bull's engineer Andy Damerum said: "The measures we took only partially solved the issue and, as with yesterday (Jan 29 2014), it's more sensible to stop and dig deeper into finding a solution. It's obviously not where we want to be and naturally the whole team is frustrated."

All teams were struggling to get their cars ready after F1 made a sweeping revision of the rule book that included a shift to a turbo engines and sophisticated energy recovery systems but, so far at least, it appears traditional contenders Ferrari, Mercedes, and McLaren are dealing better with the new regulations than titleholders Red Bull.

Stay with Wheels24 for the 2014 F1 season – fresh reports every day.

Testing will end here in southern Spain on January 31, followed by two more test sessions in Bahrain. The season will open with the Australian GP on March 16 2104.
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