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Thursday, 14 March 2019

Horror start for Renault at Aussie GP


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Daniel Ricciardo’s Renault team have been hit by realiability issues during the opening practice session ahead of Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

Ricciardo’s teammate Nico Hulkenberg was sidelined for more than an hour of the 90 minute session, after the team detected an error with the electronics.

It meant removing the floor of the car and resetting the electronics, forcing the German had to sit out much of the session.

When he did finally hit the track Hulkenberg set the 10th fastest time, more than 1.4 seconds behind the pace set by world champion Lewis Hamilton.

The Mercedes driver topped the timesheets with a time of 1.23.599, just three-hundreths of a second faster than arch-rival Sebastian Vettel.

Charles Leclerc impressed in his first outing for Ferrari, rounding out the top three, with Max Verstappen fourth for Red Bull and Valtteri Bottas fifth.

Just over a quarter of second covered the top five drivers, with a sizeable gap of one second separating Bottas in fifth and Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen in sixth.

Albon hits the wall at turn 2

The midfield battle was as tight as expected, with four-tenths of a second covering 10 cars from sixth to 15.

Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo was down in 17th spot, more than two seconds off the pace, although team boss Cyril Abiteboul said that’s not a true indication of his potential pace.

“No, absolutely not,” Abiteboul told SkySports F1.

“We were running to be safe, lots of fuel, we are testing some development items on the front wing, and throughout the rear of the car.”

Toro Rosso’s Alex Albon brought out the red flags just after the one hour mark, when he hit the wall at turn two, removing the front wing and also damaging the rear of the car, although he was able to drive back to the pits under his own power.

Alex Albon

Daniel Ricciardo’s Renault team have been hit by realiability issues during the opening practice session ahead of Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

Ricciardo’s teammate Nico Hulkenberg was sidelined for more than an hour of the 90 minute session, after the team detected an error with the electronics.

It meant removing the floor of the car and resetting the electronics, forcing the German had to sit out much of the session.

When he did finally hit the track Hulkenberg set the 10th fastest time, more than 1.4 seconds behind the pace set by world champion Lewis Hamilton.

The Mercedes driver topped the timesheets with a time of 1.23.599, just three-hundreths of a second faster than arch-rival Sebastian Vettel.

Charles Leclerc impressed in his first outing for Ferrari, rounding out the top three, with Max Verstappen fourth for Red Bull and Valtteri Bottas fifth.

Just over a quarter of second covered the top five drivers, with a sizeable gap of one second separating Bottas in fifth and Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen in sixth.

Albon hits the wall at turn 2

The midfield battle was as tight as expected, with four-tenths of a second covering 10 cars from sixth to 15.

Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo was down in 17th spot, more than two seconds off the pace, although team boss Cyril Abiteboul said that’s not a true indication of his potential pace.

“No, absolutely not,” Abiteboul told SkySports F1.

“We were running to be safe, lots of fuel, we are testing some development items on the front wing, and throughout the rear of the car.”

Toro Rosso’s Alex Albon brought out the red flags just after the one hour mark, when he hit the wall at turn two, removing the front wing and also damaging the rear of the car, although he was able to drive back to the pits under his own power.

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