GALLERY: Ricciardo shakes down RB14 at Silverstone


Just hours after Red Bull Racing became the third team to unveil pictures of its new F1 car, Daniel Ricciardo became the first driver to sample a 2018 machine on-track as he shookdown the RB14 at a soggy Silverstone.

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Daniel Ricciardo of Australia driving the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB14 TAG Heuer during the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB14 Special Edition filming day at Silverstone Circuit on February 19, 2018 in Northampton, England . © Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Under the regulations each team is allowed a ‘filming day’, during which they can complete up to 100km on non-race specification tyres.

Unlike world champions Mercedes who have made a habit in recent years of using the day to shakedown their new machine ahead of pre-season testing - something they will continue on Thursday when they officially unveil the W09 - Red Bull have traditionally eschewed the opportunity in favour of more development time in the factory.

However, after several slow starts to recent seasons, the Milton Keynes-based team have broken with convention and pushed ahead with a run they hope will allow them to ‘deal with any snags now’ ahead of next week's opening test in Barcelona, Spain.

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