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Ricciardo fared little better on Day 3.
Daniel Ricciardo took over duties from Vettel on Day 3 and although the team worked overnight to attempt to rectify the problems of the opening two days, they were forced to abandon running after completing only three laps.
The problems began on Ricciardo’s opening lap when he stopped out on track on his opening run. He completed another two exploratory laps before the team halted running again without setting a time.
Both Christian Horner and Adrian Newey left the circuit without talking to the media, but the team issued a statement from race engineering co-ordinator Andy Damerum, as quoted on Autosport:
We worked hard yesterday to make the changes it was felt were necessary to overcome the problems we identified and we were hopeful of a more successful day today. Unfortunately, the measures we took only partially solved the issue and, as with yesterday, 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 by these issues. However, we're pretty good at bouncing back from this type of thing. This is where the whole team pulls together and I'm sure we will get these problems fixed.
Laps managed: three
Problem: The same underlying ERS overheating issues