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Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Renault: Ricciardo result 'nothing to be proud of'


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Renault's pace looked "miserable" at the Chinese Grand Prix and a seventh place for Daniel Ricciardo was "nothing to be proud of", according to team principal Cyril Abiteboul.

While Renault achieved its pre-race target of P7, it was nowhere near the pace of big teams Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull, finishing a lap down.

Abiteboul said the result was made to look worse than it was, after Renault attempted a one-stop strategy.

"It think it was a more solid performance than it looks," Abiteboul told Autosport.

"It was extremely challenging to make the one-stop work, starting on the soft compound. We had to face the usual dilemma of starting from P7 to P10 with our kind of pace, and having to start on the softest compound, and still make it work.

"We knew that anyone from P11 onwards would be starting on the medium and the top five would be starting on the medium, there was no point in trying to do some crazy stuff just trying to look for [sixth-placed Red Bull driver Pierre] Gasly at this point in time. That P7 was the target, and we achieved that."

Abiteboul said that while Ricciardo had done a good job, finishing a lap down was not a result to trumpet.

"There's nothing to be proud of, but just in terms of pace it was better than it looked, because we were so much into the tyre management," he said.

"Even myself I didn't want a one-stop because of that reason, because I knew that our pace would look miserable.

"But it was very clear from our strategists that a two-stop would not work for us, so we had to make the one-stop work, and it worked."

Former F1 driver Martin Brundle also wrote-off Renault's race, even though it yielded Ricciardo's first championship points for his new team.

"Daniel Ricciardo had his best weekend yet for Renault in seventh, but to balance that, with no safety car to close the pack at any point (there was a short virtual safety car), he finished a lap behind and with Sergio Perez on his tail," Brundle wrote for Sky Sports.

"With Nico Hulkenberg in the sister Renault once again having reliability issues, and both McLaren-Renaults in the wars, this was a Chinese GP to largely forget."

Renault's pace looked "miserable" at the Chinese Grand Prix and a seventh place for Daniel Ricciardo was "nothing to be proud of", according to team principal Cyril Abiteboul.

While Renault achieved its pre-race target of P7, it was nowhere near the pace of big teams Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull, finishing a lap down.

Abiteboul said the result was made to look worse than it was, after Renault attempted a one-stop strategy.

"It think it was a more solid performance than it looks," Abiteboul told Autosport.

"It was extremely challenging to make the one-stop work, starting on the soft compound. We had to face the usual dilemma of starting from P7 to P10 with our kind of pace, and having to start on the softest compound, and still make it work.

"We knew that anyone from P11 onwards would be starting on the medium and the top five would be starting on the medium, there was no point in trying to do some crazy stuff just trying to look for [sixth-placed Red Bull driver Pierre] Gasly at this point in time. That P7 was the target, and we achieved that."

Abiteboul said that while Ricciardo had done a good job, finishing a lap down was not a result to trumpet.

"There's nothing to be proud of, but just in terms of pace it was better than it looked, because we were so much into the tyre management," he said.

"Even myself I didn't want a one-stop because of that reason, because I knew that our pace would look miserable.

"But it was very clear from our strategists that a two-stop would not work for us, so we had to make the one-stop work, and it worked."

Former F1 driver Martin Brundle also wrote-off Renault's race, even though it yielded Ricciardo's first championship points for his new team.

"Daniel Ricciardo had his best weekend yet for Renault in seventh, but to balance that, with no safety car to close the pack at any point (there was a short virtual safety car), he finished a lap behind and with Sergio Perez on his tail," Brundle wrote for Sky Sports.

"With Nico Hulkenberg in the sister Renault once again having reliability issues, and both McLaren-Renaults in the wars, this was a Chinese GP to largely forget."

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