Renault’s Turnaround in 2020 ‘Speaks for Itself’: Daniel Ricciardo

Published 12/15/2020, 12:28 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Renault‘s short but fruitful partnership with Daniel Ricciardo is coming to a happy end. This is unusual in Formula 1 where mostly the relationship between a driver and the team turns sour. But that’s the way things are ending between them.

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And it is because of the change of fortunes that both have enjoyed compared to last year. The team regressed from the pre-Ricciardo season of 2018 in 2019. But they had fun in this stop-gap season. Reflecting on their after the season finale in Abu Dhabi, Daniel said

“I feel fulfilled, to be honest.”

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“I felt it coming into the track today, it was like, ‘oh yeah, this is it’. This year, although shortened, it was such a chaotic year, but actually a really strong one. I’m really pleased with How Far We’ve Come, both myself and the team.”

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo during practice Bryn Lennon/Pool via REUTERS

The Australian and the team finished 5th in the driver’s and the Constructor’s standings, respectively. More importantly, they almost doubled their points tally from the last season in fewer races –

“I think fifth in the drivers’ championship. Obviously there’s no award for that, but it speaks for itself in the turnaround we’ve made this year.”

Daniel Ricciardo Signs Off With the Fastest Lap

The cheerful driver had another reason to have a big smile on his face after the race. His former Red Bull teammate Verstappen was not only winning the race but was also taking home the fastest lap. But in his final race, the Aussie came up with the goods. Producing a mammoth lap, he pipped Max for the fastest lap –

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“It was a nice way to kind of do my last ever lap in the Renault. It was good to know it was a fast one, a good sign off.”

What next for Ricciardo and Renault?

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The ‘Honey Badger’ is taking his talents to Mclaren next season. While Renault is welcoming back its former 2-time Champion Fernando Alonso in the garage. Thanks to this positive season they just had, both can look forward to even better things next season.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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