Reigning four-times world champion Sebastian Vettel managed a paltry 11 laps over the first two days at Jerez due to technical issues.
The highly-complex nature of this year's cars following a major rules overhaul has so far posed untold problems for Red Bull.
Engine suppliers Renault admitted on Wednesday to "facing problems" given the lack of running for not just Red Bull, but also their other two teams at this circuit in Toro Rosso and Caterham.
Renault's head of track operations Remi Taffin vowed to have Red Bull on track for 9am local time, the start of the session.
Ricciardo, however, had to wait until noon before finally strapping himself in the car, only to extract himself from it again around 30 seconds later.
With wisps of smoke floating from the rear of the RB10, Vettel's new team-mate for this year gave the car an inspection prior to a marshal ensuring no flames took hold with a few blasts from a fire extinguisher.
The car was then transported back to the Red Bull garage on the back of a flat-bed truck, and it now remains to be seen if Ricciardo will make it back out again later on Thursday.