For Infiniti Red Bull Racing senior composites technician Stuart Jones, the track and the garage are of equal importance. As the clock races with each pit stop, the crew strives for perfection, maintaining their positions under pressure. Monaco is the ultimate test of their expertise under pressure.
Amid the plethora of driving stats Formula One loves to wallow in, the numbers concerning driver test days aren't ones that regularly get trotted out. But drill down into the figures for Infiniti Red Bull Racing test outings, and it's abundantly clear just how keen the team is on bringing through the next generation of racing talent, particularly for drivers climbing the racing ladder as part of the Red Bull Junior Team.
Ricciardo: “I am more satisfied today as we achieved everything we could, and seventh was the maximum I could get out of the car. There were some parts of the race that were encouraging, but we’re still further off than where we want to be, but we’ll keep pushing."
On the heels of the all-time sales record that Infiniti achieved in the first quarter of 2015, the company successfully carried this momentum into April. Infiniti sold 16,700 vehicles globally last month, an increase of more than 1,700 vehicles or 12 percent versus April 2014. This marks the best April in Infiniti’s history.
Ricciardo: “I think the race went as well as it could, and I drove well to finish sixth. The chassis is working better and through the corners we are more or less there; we’ll move onto Europe and see if we can get further up the grid and keep improving. The weekend went pretty smooth for me until the end of the race. I don’t know what happened, but the team will have a look at it.”