‘I Just Left a Little Frustrated’ – Daniel Ricciardo Picks His Most Memorable Moment at Renault

Published 12/30/2020, 1:02 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – October 11, 2020 Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo celebrates on the podium after finishing in third place in the race Pool via REUTERS/Matthias Schrader


After a two-year stint with Renault, Daniel Ricciardo will drive for McLaren next season, alongside Lando Norris. He moved to the French team after a five-year term with Red Bull.

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Ricciardo had a woeful first season with Renault and managed only a P9 finish with 54 points. However, the Australian had a much better season this year. He claimed two podiums and claimed the P5 position with 119 points on the table.

As he moves on to McLaren, Ricciardo looked back at the beginning of his journey with Renault. It was the Honey Badger’s home race in Australia, and a starting lap error had him out of his debut race for Renault.

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“I will keep the memory of my first race last year,” said Ricciardo.

Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo in action during qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Clive Mason

“The whole week and I felt… I just left a little frustrated with the race itself, but it was a bit of a hit of like ‘we still have a lot of work to do.’

“I will certainly remember that, and now look back on it and actually see how much we have changed and how much we’ve improved, and how much more confidence we all have in the team,” recalled the Honey Badger.

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Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit, Portimao, Portugal – Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

The Australian moved on from Renault at the beginning of the season. However, the French team was the most improved team this season. Ricciardo claimed two podiums, and Esteban Ocon also claimed his debut podium in 2020.

“Obviously Nürburgring is the standout, the first podium, and hearing a few F-bombs from Cyril [Abiteboul], that was nice. Everyone was just elated with that, it was awesome,” he pointed out.

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The team will reunite with their former champion as Fernando Alonso makes his comeback. The newly-rebranded Alpine will hope that Alonso and Ocon will help the team climb to the top of the midfield.

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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