Daniel Ricciardo has identified the races at Silverstone as a turning point in terms of Renault’s performance in 2020.
The French team made a disappointing start to the season, but have been one of the strongest team’s in terms of development and now often have the third quickest car on the grid.
Thanks to this, Ricciardo claimed his first podium with the team at the Nurburgring and is now P4 in the Driver’s Championship.
While he thinks the R.S.20 was a step forward from the start, he thinks the races at Silverstone were when things really started to improve.
“From the start of the year, it’s been a new car from last year in terms of it’s been a lot better,” he said as quoted by Autosport.
“The rear of the car has picked up a lot of downforce, so that’s given us drivers the confidence to nail the throttle and get off the corner better.
“It was around Silverstone, I think, we had a few updates and that really just felt like we were able to basically find a bit more ease in setting the car up and it wasn’t so hit-or-miss.”
The improvements to the car are reflected in the Constructor’s Championship. While in 2019 Renault finished in P5, the team is in with a chance of finishing as high as P3 this season and is currently just six points off.
Ricciardo thinks that, specifically, the consistency of the car has been crucial to the improved performances.
“Last year I felt we, at times, could be very fast or well outside the top ten. I think now we’re just able to sit in that sweet spot and obviously the performance is there,” he added.
“It’s proven now: we’ve done it on low downforce and high downforce circuits. So, yeah, I think it’s a good package and we should have confidence now for the remainder of the season.”