Formula One: Unwell Ricciardo still absent from F1 testing

British teammate Lando Norris drove on Thursday, but was hampered by brake problems that prevented any long runs, and was again in the car on Friday.

File Photo: Race winner Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and McLaren F1 celebrates on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 12, 2021 in Monza, Italy.   -  GETTY IMAGES

McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo was absent from the second day of Formula One's pre-season testing in Bahrain on Friday after missing the previous day because of sickness.

The team said the Australian had begun feeling unwell on the morning of the opening day at Sakhir.

"While showing signs of improvement, the team will continue to assess him before he resumes driving duties," a spokesperson said.

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"Daniel has had several precautionary COVID-19 tests during this time, which have been negative throughout."

British teammate Lando Norris drove on Thursday, but was hampered by brake problems that prevented any long runs, and was again in the car on Friday.

Testing ends on Saturday with the season starting in Bahrain the following weekend.

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