Renault was desperate to make the most of last season and display positive progress on the team’s performance. The 2019 season for the Enstone team was underwhelming as they finished in P5 with 91 points. The best result for the team was when Daniel Ricciardo secured P4 in Italy.
However, both drivers helped improve on Renault’s performance last year as the team displayed significant improvement. The team still finished in P5 but claimed twice as many points (181) and finished on the podium thrice.
Renault’s chassis technical director, Pat Fry, looked back at the season and reflected on their progress this past season. “Barcelona was, I think up until Turkey, our worst race of the season,” explained Fry.
“But while it was a bad weekend for us, when we actually went through and looked at it, and tried to understand it from analysing that poor performance, you actually end up working out what you need to do.
“So yes it was disappointing, but I think we learned a lot from that on how we should optimize the package we’ve got,” he claimed.
Daniel Ricciardo had explained during an interview that a setup breakthrough at the Silverstone was a key moment in Renault’s 2020 campaign. According to the Australian, during the practice session that weekend, the team unlocked a platform that he felt comfortable with.
He also pointed out that the new setup also helped the Enstone based team unlock more gains throughout the year. Therefore, granting them an increase in performance level towards the second half of this season. However, Fry suggested that the season was more about building up momentum all year.
“I’m clearly not going to tell you exactly what it was, but I think our understanding has been improving on how to set the car up. I was surprised by the size of his comments to be completely honest.”
“It was clearly enough to get his attention, but I think there was still quite a lot more of performance we needed to find,” he explained.