Formula One

 
         === Red Bull continues to struggle in F1 preseason testing ===
 
 Jerez,  Spain  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Red Bull had  another frustrating day of
 Formula  One  preseason testing  on Wednesday in  Jerez, with driver Sebastian
 Vettel running just eight laps due to further technical problems with the car.
 
 Last  year, Vettel won his fourth consecutive F1 world championship, while Red
 Bull  captured its  fourth successive  constructors' title.  Vettel drove  Red
 Bull's  2014 car,  the RB10,  during  the first  two days  of testing.  Daniel
 Ricciardo  is scheduled to  drive the car during the last two days in Jerez --
 Thursday and Friday -- as he makes his debut with Red Bull.
 
 On  Tuesday, Red Bull  did not get its car on track until the final 15 minutes
 of  the session.  Vettel made  only  three laps.  Red Bull  ended its  session
 earlier  than expected  on Wednesday when the team's engine supplier, Renault,
 reported an "energy store issue" with the car. The team spent the remainder of
 the day investigating the problem.
 
 Vettel's  quickest lap  during day  two of  testing was  clocked in  1 minute,
 38.320  seconds,  well off  pace from  the fastest  lap posted  for the day by
 McLaren's Jenson Button in 1:24.165.
 
 "Obviously,  we've  not had a lot  of running and  have a few problems to sort
 out,  but  with such big rule  changes, it's usual to have teething problems,"
 Vettel  said. "That's  what tests are for,  to sort those issues out. The next
 two  days will be important to get some track time to prepare for the tests in
 Bahrain (Feb. 19-22)."
 
 Red Bull is one of many teams having difficulties in getting familiar with the
 new  F1 technical  regulations this season, including a revised engine. A 1.6-
 liter V6 turbocharged engine is replacing the previous 2.4-liter V8 motor.
 
 "This  Jerez test was always meant as an engine verification test, in terms of
 sorting  out  some of the  mapping issues,"  Red Bull team principal Christian
 Horner  said. "In reality, it's to get the power units going. Our expectations
 coming  into this test are purely system checks. The proper testing will be in
 Bahrain."
 
 The  second day  of  testing was  a complete  turnaround  for McLaren.  Button
 completed  43 laps  after  the team  did  not  make any  laps  on Tuesday  due
 electrical issues with its MP4-29.
 
 "For our first day of actual running, we were able to get a good understanding
 of  the  car and  the way  the engine  and turbo  behaves," Button said. "It's
 tricky  and very different  to what we're used to, but I could feel that these
 cars will be enjoyable to drive."
 
 McLaren  announced on Wednesday that former Lotus team principal Eric Boullier
 has  been appointed  as its new racing director. Boullier begins his role with
 McLaren on Feb. 3.
 
 Following  overnight  rain, which left the  Jerez circuit damp at the start of
 day  two testing,  Pirelli  moved up  its wet  weather  tire test,  previously
 scheduled  for Friday.  After trucks drenched the track with sprinklers, teams
 spent  the morning  testing  Pirelli's inter  and  full-wet tires,  conducting
 installation checks.
 
 Nico  Rosberg  from Mercedes completed  the most laps  during day two with 97.
 Ferrari's  Kimi Raikkonen  posted  the  second quickest  lap  in the  session.
 Raikkonen  was just a  tick behind Button in 1:24.812. He had the fastest time
 on day one.
 
 01/29 13:46:16 ET

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