Daniel Ricciardo says he is encouraged by the progress Renault has made during the winter ahead of his first season driving for the team.2019 F1 season has been successful.
“Obviously being pretty deep now in the Renault family I’ve seen numbers and I know it’s not they’re not just saying it to please everyone,” he said at Renault’s 2019 livery presentation at its base in Enstone. “It has been a good winter.”
“[But] race cars are race cars… it’s done a lot of stuff in the dyno but you might put it on-track and then ‘oh, why is it doing that, we didn’t expect that.’ You never really want to put all your eggs in that basket saying ‘this is gonna be sick’.
“So far what they’ve done over the winter, looking at the numbers they’ve done previous years, it’s been a good one. By no means they’re saying it’s going to be better than a Mercedes or something but for what they’ve done it has been very positive. It’s nice to hear that, for sure.”
Ricciardo said the important next step for the team is to ensure the car is reliable during testing.
“Normally testing I feel you leave testing happier with higher lap count than [fast] lap time. That’s a big one, the reliability, because also it’s hard to develop without reliability.
“When things are always going wrong it’s hard to start putting more powerful parts on if they’re blowing up. The lap count will be a big one for us and hopefully we can kick on with that.”
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