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Red Bull call it a day with continuing Renault problems - Teams work through the niggles in third day of testing at Jerez

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Three is the unlucky number for Ricciardo
Three is the unlucky number for RicciardoCredit: Ker Robertson/Getty Images
Tens laps but no time for Frijns
Tens laps but no time for FrijnsCredit: Caterham F1
Alonso finishes best of the non-Mercedes runners
Alonso finishes best of the non-Mercedes runnersCredit: Foto Studio Colombo
Chilton introduces the MR03 to the world
Chilton introduces the MR03 to the worldCredit: Marussia F1 Team

Defending champions Red Bull have been struggling in testing so far this week, and the third day in Jerez saw them with just a couple of installation laps completed. Having brought their running to an early end yesterday, Sebastian Vettel handed over duties to Daniel Ricciardo before heading home. The Australian was due out on track first thing, but only appeared just before lunch. Halfway round his first installation lap, the car overheated, stopped and brought out the red flag.

With just two further installation laps completed, that brings Red Bull's total this week to 14 laps. Caterham also had a difficult day, with Robin Frijns managing ten tours of the circuit, but none of them a flying lap. All ended back in the pit lane.

It was the same story for Marussia, although they are a step ahead of where they were yesterday, as their new car appeared for the very first time. Their delayed arrival to Jerez meant the MR03 hit the track for its inaugural running, with Max Chilton completing five installation laps. Marussia are Ferrari-powered, so stand a better chance of getting more mileage under their belts in the final day of this Jerez test tomorrow.

For those with Renault engines, things are looking bleak, and even Renault Sport themselves are starting to get a little embarrassed about it. For Caterham, their Renault representative explained the difficulties of the day.

Robin Frijns was sent out in the car early and we started working through a number of programs but just after lunch we found a problem with the power unit that required us to change a part which, unfortunately, ended our running early. We have identified the source of the issue and will work overnight to ensure it does not occur again, giving the team the chance to add to the lap count tomorrow.

- Cedrik Staudohar, Track Support Leader, Renault Sport F1

For those who aren't hampered by their power units, Kevin Magnussen topped the times for McLaren, making that two days at the top for the Woking based team. Jenson Button also had some time in the car, meaning Mercedes-powered cars were the top four on track. Ferrari were fifth, although Fernando Alonso did bring out the red flags at one point. There were many red flag periods, however, with Toro Rosso bringing things to an abrupt halt towards the end of the day.

2014 testing - Day 3, Jerez
1K MagnussenMcLaren Mercedes1:23.27652
2F MassaWilliams F1 Team1:23.70047
3L HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:23.95262
4J ButtonMcLaren Mercedes1:25.03040
5F AlonsoScuderia Ferrari1:25.49558
6N HülkenbergSahara Force India F1 Team1:26.09617
7JE VergneScuderia Toro Rosso1:29.91530
8A SutilSauber F1 Team1:30.16134
9R FrijnsCaterham F1 TeamNo time10
10D RicciardoInfiniti Red Bull RacingNo time3
11M ChiltonMarussia F1 TeamNo time5

Felipe Massa made his debut for the Williams team today, looking pretty good in their dark blue testing colours. The Brazilian managed to squeeze into second place, but more importantly completed almost 50 solid laps for the team.

Plan for today is a bit of aero work and then just generally putting some miles on the #FW36 to check all systems & parts

WilliamsF1Team WilliamsF1Team

Difficult 1st day in the car with not as much running as we hoped but also positives to take from! Lots to learn and Analyse now for us now

NicoHulkenberg NicoHulkenberg

We’re trying to get the car ready for tomorrow. If things don’t go to plan then, we have 2 weeks until the next test so time’s on our side.

redbullracing redbullracing

Having a look around the track today. Interesting to see how different cars handle and sound. #FW36 #Jerez #F1

ValtteriBottas ValtteriBottas

With their wet tyre running out the way, teams will be free to continue with their own programmes tomorrow, and several of them really need the time! Nobody appears to be panicking yet, not in public anyway, this final day in Jerez will see a break before the Bahrain running gets underway, so as Red Bull say, there's still plenty of time to fix the issues yet.

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