‘With Ricciardo, Renault has a trump card’

Racing Point’s Andrew Green says that, in the fight for P3 in the Constructors Championship, Renault has a trump card in Daniel Ricciardo.

Racing Point is currently leading said fight, but Renault is just six points behind and is the in-form team after finishing on the podium in Germany courtesy of Ricciardo.

At the same race, Nico Hulkenberg stood in for Lance Stroll and finished in P8. While technical director Green feels the German was excellent, he says that losing a regular driver hurts the team, especially when rivals have such a strong one.

“We haven’t done ourselves a favour by changing drivers. At the Nürburgring, for example, we actually only had one car and therefore only 50 percent of the data,” he told Auto Motor und Sport.

“It was an incredibly difficult task for Nico to jump into the car coldly and drive straight away. The goal was simply to qualify for the race. He did that with ease. The improvement was incredible. One more try and he would even have made it into Q2.

“The fact that he still finished eighth from the very back was a great performance on the one hand, but it also shows that our car can’t be that bad.

“With Ricciardo, Renault naturally has a trump card in hand. He always really gets everything out of this car.”

Sebastian Vettel

Get your hands on the official Racing Point 2020 collection via the Formula 1 store

Everyone at Racing Point will be hoping that they can have a trump card of their own next season in Sebastian Vettel, who is replacing Sergio Perez.

Green is confident that this will be the case, feeling that he will have a positive impact on the team, and they will help him re-find his form.

“Nobody forgets how to drive a car fast. You just have to have the right car and the right people around you to do your job. Obviously, he’s having problems right now. We can offer him what he needs to return to his old form,” he added.

“The whole team wants him. He will feel that. We know that he can bring us as much as we can for him. Everyone in the team is looking forward to January when we can finally work with him.

“If he just opens the door to the factory, it will increase the motivation of every single employee. When a multiple world champion gets into one of our cars, it is also an appreciation of the people who work here.

“We deserve it. We were facing bankruptcy 18 months ago. This team almost didn’t exist anymore, and now a World Champion wants to drive for us. With us, he can experience his second wind.”

Follow us on Twitter @Planet_F1 and like our Facebook page.

The post ‘With Ricciardo, Renault has a trump card’ appeared first on F1 News by PlanetF1.


Source: https://www.planetf1.com/feed/

Ricciardo thinks Vettel is hungry to continue

Sebastian Vettel is “still hungry and competitive enough” to continue in Formula 1, that’s according to his former team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.

Earlier this month Vettel shocked many when he announced that 2020 would be his final season with Ferrari.

The four-time World Champion joined the Scuderia in 2015 but, as yet, has not won a World title racing in red.

Vettel revealed that he and Ferrari no longer had a “common desire” to continue working together.

Without a race seat for next season, Vettel has been linked to several teams on the grid from Mercedes to Renault to Aston Martin, maybe even Alfa Romeo and rekindle his partnership with Kimi Raikkonen.

His other option is retirement.

Ricciardo, though, reckons the 32-year-old still has what it takes to be competitive in Formula 1.

“If I know him well enough, I believe he’s still hungry and competitive enough to want to continue,” the Aussie told CNN.

“Also, because he’s still older than me. So it makes me not the oldest guy.”

Ricciardo took away one of Vettel’s options for 2021 when he announced he would be heading to McLaren to replace the Ferrari-bound Carlos Sainz.

“I like Seb,” he continued. “Obviously, I had him as a team-mate, but as a competitor he brings something to our sport.

“He’s one of the very few if not the only one that isn’t active on social media, and he’s one of the most successful people ever in our sport, yet he’s one of the most private.

“And even that in itself brings a lot of mystery behind him.”

Ricciardo is one of only two team-maes to have beaten Vettel, edging him out in 2014 while Charles Leclerc managed to do the same last season.

Follow us on Twitter @Planet_F1 and like our Facebook page.

The post Ricciardo thinks Vettel is hungry to continue appeared first on PlanetF1.


Source: https://www.planetf1.com/feed/

Ricciardo: Links to Ferrari ‘will always be there’

Daniel Ricciardo thinks his Italian heritage means he will always be linked with a move to Ferrari as his Formula 1 career continues.

The Aussie’s latest links to the Scuderia arose during the 2018 campaign when Ricciardo’s last year of his Red Bull contract coincided with two victories in the first six races of the season.

There was a belief that both Mercedes and Ferrari were realistic moves for Ricciardo, but he instead joined Renault ahead of the  2019 campaign.

With Ricciardo entering the last year of his current Renault deal and Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari contract expiring at the end of the upcoming season, the rumours may well resurface over ‘silly season’.

Ricciardo thinks that, regardless of the situation, the Ferrari talk will always be there.

“I guess it’s probably always going to be there”, Ricciardo told Australia’s Sunday Times about the links to Ferrari over the course of his career.

“They always linked me to that team with my Italian family roots.

“I got no more of it in 2019 than I have in previous years.

“But what I will take from it is it’s it’s nice to be talked about and still relevant and kind of in the mix as far as names getting thrown around.

“I’ll take it for that and what it is.”

Follow us on Twitter @Planet_F1 and like our Facebook page.

The post Ricciardo: Links to Ferrari ‘will always be there’ appeared first on PlanetF1.


Source: https://www.planetf1.com/feed/

Ricciardo and Ferrari: 'My name is always going to be there'

The 2020 season has yet to get underway, but Daniel Ricciardo admits that it is nice to already be “talked about” as a potential Ferrari driver for 2021.

The recent signings of Charles Leclerc at the Scuderia and Max Verstappen at Red Bull have cleared up earlier than expected a few of the uncertainties linked with the 2021 season.

However, the big question that will continue to tickle everyone’s mind in whether Lewis Hamilton will remain with Mercedes for his final stint in F1 – the most likely forecast – or move to Ferrari for the ultimate challenge?

Sebastian Vettel’s contract with the Scuderia runs out at the end of this year and few are those who believe the German will prolong his stay with the House of Maranello, although a lot will likely depend on the four-time world champion’s performance in 2020.

For many, Ricciardo might just turn out to be Ferrari’s most reasonable choice for 2021, as a proven race winner, as a driver capable of pushing his younger teammate and as a man whose non-disruptive character would help maintain just the right blend of intra-team competition and harmony at the Scuderia.

Queried on the fact that pundits are putting his name at the top of Ferrari’s list for next season, Ricciardio insists its but a logical choice.

“I guess it’s probably always going to be there”, he told Australia’s Sunday Times. “They always linked me to that, with my Italian roots.

“But it’s nice to be talked about and still relevant and kind of in the mix as far as names getting thrown around.”

In the interim, the 30-year-old still has another year on his contract with Renault to fulfill.

“I would love for 2020 to work out and I stay, that’s the easiest and happiest scenario, I wish for that,” he said.

But the Honey Badger may wish even more for Ferrari to come knocking…

Gallery: The beautiful wives and girlfriends of F1 drivers

Keep up to date with all the F1 news via Facebook and Twitter

The post Ricciardo and Ferrari: ‘My name is always going to be there’ appeared first on F1i.com.


Source: http://www.f1i.com/category/news/feed/

Ricciardo: 2021 driver market could cause ‘real shake-up’

Daniel Ricciardo is predicting a “real shake-up” in Formula 1 with a whole host of drivers on deals that currently expire at the end of the 2020 season.

The major overhaul coming Formula 1’s way in 2021 has created a reluctance from drivers to commit to long-term deals when they are effectively heading into the unknown next year.

Charles Leclerc, Sergio Perez, Esteban Ocon and most recently Max Verstappen, are currently the only drivers who have contracts in place beyond the end of the 2020 season, with the likes of Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo all potentially on the market.

That could create a ‘silly season’ for the ages and Ricciardo thinks a big driver shuffle could be in the pipeline over the next 12 months.

“I haven’t committed any more than the end of next year,” Ricciardo told Australia’s Sunday Times.

“That’s not anything personal, it’s just we haven’t had any discussion about beyond 2020 yet. It’s still early days.

“I would love for 2020 to work out and I stay, that’s the easiest and happiest scenario, I wish for that.

“But as far as 2021 goes and that musical chairs, so to speak, I think F1 could get a real shake-up.

“Pretty much every driver is out of contract so from a fan perspective I think that is going to be pretty exciting to see how it all shapes out.”

Ricciardo’s first season with Renault did not particularly go according to plan, with the Aussie finishing P9 in the Drivers’ World Championship.

As he begins his second season with the Enstone team in 2020, Ricciardo has vowed to put his Australian Grand Prix race suit up for auction to help raise funds for those affected by the bushfires that have left a trail of devastation throughout his home country in recent weeks.

Follow us on Twitter @Planet_F1 and like our Facebook page.

The post Ricciardo: 2021 driver market could cause ‘real shake-up’ appeared first on PlanetF1.


Source: https://www.planetf1.com/feed/

Ricciardo to raffle race suit to aid Australia bushfire victims

Daniel Ricciardo will put one of his race suits up for raffle to help raise funds for those affected by the bushfires wreaking havoc in his home country of Australia.

8.4m hectares of land across New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia has been burnt after increasingly intense bushfires swept through the country in the midst of searing hot temperatures.

To help raise money for the long recovery effort, Ricciardo has said via Instagram that he will auction off a signed race suit that he uses at this year’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

“Australia is suffering with some severe devastating bushfires,” Ricciardo said.

“Anyone who is kind enough to donate, please do.

“There’s the Australian Red Cross and there’s WIRES wildlife rescue. I’m sure there’s a bunch more but these are two I’ve donated to, so please, if you can.

“My race suit I’ll race with at this year’s Australian Grand Prix. I’ll sign that and we’ll raffle that and all proceeds will go to those two charities as well.

“I’ll get some details further over the next few days.”

Ricciardo ended the video saying he was thinking of his fellow compatriots during these very difficult times and called on anyone who can help to do so.

“My thoughts are with everyone who is suffering through this time and let’s act upon it.”

Follow us on Twitter @Planet_F1 and like our Facebook page.

The post Ricciardo to raffle race suit to aid Australia bushfire victims appeared first on PlanetF1.


Source: https://www.planetf1.com/feed/

Ricciardo: 'I don't like seeing myself in ninth'

Daniel Ricciardo knows he’s worth better that the modest 9th place position he achieved in the 2019 championship, but the Renault driver won’t use that as an excuse to remain stranded down the pecking order.

Ricciardo knew that he wouldn’t be fighting for race wins when he joined Renault from Red Bull racing for 2019, but the Aussie’s results still fell short of team and driver’s expectations.

There are obviously mitigating circumstances to Ricciardo’s underperformance, not least Renault’s inability to hold up its end of the bargain, both in terms of reliability and performance.

But the 30-year-old isn’t content with just putting things into perspective.

“Relatively speaking not great, I don’t see myself as the ninth best driver on the grid,” Ricciardo said, quoted by Crash.net.

“I don’t look into it too much because I believe I am better.

“Do I want to be ninth for the next few years and have the excuse that I am better than ninth but it is what it is? No. I don’t like seeing myself in ninth.

“Relatively speaking I am okay with this season. It was always going to be difficult. Coming into a new team, people have done it before so it is not impossible to do.”

Ricciardo admitted that he underestimated the task of downsizing from Red to Renault, although the Aussie was happy with his personal development in 2019.

“I’m having to adapt more than, I’d say Charles [Leclerc],” he said. “But also for me going from Toro Rosso to Red Bull, and him from Alfa to Ferrari, coming into a car with more grip is normally easier.

“There are more expectations, but it does more things that you wanted it to do. That is easier than going from Red Bull to here.

“How I adapted to that, I was quite happy, but in a few races, I was not happy with myself, I expected more, but I developed well.”

Gallery: The beautiful wives and girlfriends of F1 drivers

Keep up to date with all the F1 news via Facebook and Twitter

The post Ricciardo: ‘I don’t like seeing myself in ninth’ appeared first on F1i.com.


Source: http://www.f1i.com/category/news/feed/

Realistic Ricciardo says Renault on track for podiums

Daniel Ricciardo still believes that the Renault team will bounce back from a lacklustre season to be in contention for podiums in 2020.

“I think we can get this going next year for where we can still believe in 2020,” he said, insisting that Renault is still on course “to reach some podiums next year.”

“Yeah it’s a stretch, but I do believe that if we do what we believe we can, it’s still there,” he told the official Formula1.com website.

“This season hasn’t taken any wind out of our sails, it’s just a bit more fuel for the fire,” he added. “It has not been disheartening.”

Ricciardo left Red Bull 12 months ago, but while his former team mate Max Verstappen went in to clinch three Grand Prix victories this season, he himself finished no higher than fourth place which was in the Italian GP.

“The high was kind of in line [with expectations], a top-five, whatever I knew was there,” he acknowledged. “These moments, they’re encouraging, they’re inspiring. It’s cool.

“I didn’t expect some bigger results than the fourth place that we got in Monza […] but our worst results were worse than I hoped,” he said. “The lows at times we were like scratching our heads, like: ‘We shouldn’t be this far down’.

“To be running P14 or something, we thought we were done with this,” he sighed. “That was where there was a bit more head-scratching, and the reality [that] we’ve still got a lot of work to do.

Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Renault F1 Team RS19.

“I expected it. I didn’t expect it to be easy. So yes, I expected some hurdles, some challenges. I don’t know what I expected, but I hoped for better results than we’ve had, more consistently.”

It left the Aussie in ninth place in the drivers championship on 54 points for the season, which is not where he wanted to be after his first year at Enstone. Being beaten to the ‘best of the midfield’ status in the constructors championship by McLaren was a bitter pill for the team to swallow.

“We were kidding ourselves,” Ricciardo told Motorsport.com, accepting that the team simply wasn’t good yet enough to top or break away from the midfield crush. “This is where we belong.”

And Ricciardo pointed out that not having a car capable of running at the front – as he did at Red Bull – presented its own different set of unique challenges to the driver.

“Especially with the midfield, the car is obviously not as good as the front guys,” he explained. “If you do have a slide, you lose more time and overheat the tyres and you seem to pay a bigger price.

“”It’s so easy to overdrive and to try to get that extra tenth, and you end up losing a tenth.

“I think the biggest thing is understanding how to be perfect,” he continued. “Learning when to be sensible and when to try and get a bit more out of it. It has taught me probably just a bit of discipline over anything else.

“The long and short is, you’re always trying to drive as hard and fast as can,” he added. “But picking your moment is probably the best way to put it, a bit of discipline and experience.”

Now that he’s been through the transition, put in the time and done the homework at Renault, he’s hoping that the improvement will quickly become evident in 2020.

“We’re not going to be a top-five car maybe every race,” he admitted. “We haven’t reached the real rewards yet.”

Gallery: The beautiful wives and girlfriends of F1 drivers

Keep up to date with all the F1 news via Facebook and Twitter

The post Realistic Ricciardo says Renault on track for podiums appeared first on F1i.com.


Source: http://www.f1i.com/category/news/feed/

Ricciardo: Poor form left us ‘scratching our heads’

Daniel Ricciardo says he and Renault were left surprised and confused at times by the team’s performances in 2019.

Despite some highs, such as a P4 finish in Monza, it was a largely disappointing season for the team, with them scraping to P5 in the Constructors Championship, having hoped to challenge the big three prior to the start of the season.

“I expected lows, and I think in any team you expect some lows because even if Mercedes is used to winning, then a fourth-place is a low for them,” Ricciardo said as per Motorsport.com.

“The high was kind of inline – a top-five, whatever I knew was there. But the lows at times we were like scratching our heads. Like, ‘we shouldn’t be this far down’.

“We’re not going to be a top-five car maybe every race, but to be running P14 or something, we thought we were done with this.

“So that was where there was a bit more, I guess, head-scratching and the reality of still we’ve got a lot of work to do.”

Ricciardo went on to discuss his driving in 2019 specifically, saying he has learnt various lessons from being in a midfield battle that “keeps you on your toes”.

“But I think the biggest thing is understanding how to be perfect,” he added.

“It’s so easy to overdrive and to try to get that extra tenth, and you end up losing a tenth.

“It’s trying to remain composed. You’re always trying to get the most out of the car but I think [it’s] just being more conscious of what a bit of overdriving does.

“Especially with the midfield, the car is obviously not as good as the front guys. So if you do have a slide, I think you lose more time and overheat the tyres and you seem to pay a bigger price.

“Learning when to be sensible and when to try and get a bit more out of it, it’s taught me probably just a bit of discipline over anything else.

Follow us on Twitter @Planet_F1 and like our Facebook page.

The post Ricciardo: Poor form left us ‘scratching our heads’ appeared first on PlanetF1.


Source: https://www.planetf1.com/feed/

Ricciardo thinks Max is now ‘less fiery and erratic’

Daniel Ricciardo is of the opinion that Max Verstappen has shown maturity as his Formula 1 career continues to develop with Red Bull.

Ricciardo and Verstappen provided one of the most exciting line-ups on the grid before the Aussie departed for Renault ahead of the 2019 season.

Ricciardo feels that the dynamic was a positive one despite several on-track clashes and believes Verstappen has curbed some of the more aggressive characteristics he did have.

“I think we [myself and Max] were good for each other,” Ricciardo told Formula 1’s Beyond The Grid podcast.

“He certainly grew in that time and I want to say that he probably learned a bit from me being with the team longer and being older.

“And you can see it. He is less fiery, erratic than he was a couple of years ago and he has matured.

“I think he’s found his place now and if I contributed to that then great and if not then that’s cool as well.”

Ricciardo went on to say that he and Verstappen remain friends and that they were always able to move on from any incidents involving them.

“We quickly overcame things [clashes like Baku and Budapest 2017] and I think ultimately that’s because we respected each other,” he added.

“I know how competitive he is and he knows how competitive I am so things are going to happen. But I think we respect each other’s will to compete and we could kind of move on because of that.

Asked if there were any politics involved with Verstappen, he replied: “No, there wasn’t.

“I think we knew what we were doing, knew what we were after and just got on with it.”

Follow us on Twitter @Planet_F1 and like our Facebook page.

The post Ricciardo thinks Max is now ‘less fiery and erratic’ appeared first on PlanetF1.


Source: https://www.planetf1.com/feed/