Last year Daniel Ricciardo marked his Renault debut by sending Cyril Abiteboul a “long email” of the things the team could do better. This year he plans to take a more “intelligent” approach.
Ricciardo joined Renault at the start of the 2019 season with both parties hoping for a marked improvement in the team’s results.
It wasn’t to be.
The Aussie qualified 12th in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix before tangling with Sergio Perez at the start and running off the track.
Ricciardo hit a divot that cost him his front wing and later retired the car because of the damage.
After the grand prix he wrote team boss Abiteboul a “long” email listing the many things he felt Renault could improve.
This year he’s going for a more diplomatic approach.
GPBlog reports him as having told F1 Racing magazine: “After Melbourne last year, I remember sending Cyril quite a long email with a whole list of things that we can do better, but it’s not going to turn around in one day or one week – we have to put things in place.
“This year, I want to come to the table with a plan of action – just be a bit more intelligent about the way I bring things to them, and sometimes taking action and initiative myself.”
Ricciardo weighed in on Renault’s goal for fourth place in this year’s championship.
Last season Renault bagged 91 points, losing best of the rest to McLaren who scored 145 and also claimed a podium finish.
Ricciardo added: “It’s important to set targets but you need to be fluid, and you need to adapt – positive or negative.
“Things take time. And I think having, let’s say, an evolution of a 2019 car is the smartest way for us to make progress.
“Everyone wants the miracle, but we’re not in a position to do that, realistically.
“It’s been a long time since the team won, so that formula needs to be built up with a proper foundation. I trust this process; I think it’s the smartest way to do it.”