Renault: Confidence back after double points

Michelle Foster

Renault: Confidence back after double points

Bagging their first double points-haul of 2019 in Canada, Cyril Abiteboul says that is the “objective” Renault set themselves at the start of this season.

Daniel Ricciardo qualified an incredible P4 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve but lost ground to the top three in the grand prix.

The Aussie finished the race in sixth place, his best showing in the yellow kit, while his team-mate Nico Hulkenberg was seventh on the day.

The points elevated Renault to fifth in the Constructors’ Championship, just two points behind McLaren.

However, perhaps more importantly, team boss Abiteboul says it was a welcome confidence boost.

“This weekend is no more than the blueprint we set ourselves as an objective and the demonstration that we are able to achieve it,” he said.

“We need it to continue in the upcoming races and Daniel’s sixth position and Nico’s seventh, the best possible results at this stage under normal conditions, restart our season.

“The drivers were faultless all over the weekend.

“Daniel was exceptional in his qualifying lap, he gave us all a smile nearly as wide as his!

“The rest of the team executed everything impeccably giving us confidence back while also not forgetting errors made at the beginning of the season.

“We remain very concentrated and conscious of the work there is left to do.”

The next race on the calendar sees Renault return home to France.

Last year they brought both cars home inside the top ten at Magny-Cours with that being the objective again this season.

“We’re moving forward to the French Grand Prix as it marks the second stage of our recovery plan after the first one on the engine side, which has benefitted from the visibility and the recognition it deserved on the most challenging circuits of the calendar,” added Abiteboul.

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