Ricciardo: Renault’s yo-yo form ‘doesn’t add up’

Jamie Woodhouse
Daniel Ricciardo fears there may be a "fundamental" issue with the R.S.19.

Daniel Ricciardo fears there may be a "fundamental" issue with the R.S.19.

Daniel Ricciardo admits that Renault’s up-and-down form as of late “doesn’t add up” and wants to be “in Silverstone laughing.”

After a difficult start to 2019, the French manufacturer secured a double-points finish in Canada and another would have followed at their home event if it wasn’t for Ricciardo’s penalties that put him out of the points.

The upgraded Renault power unit did appear to be doing the business though, and while customer team McLaren continue to benefit, Renault took a step back in Austria after a pointless weekend put them 20 points behind McLaren in the Constructors’.

Ricciardo hopes the team stumble across some answers for their struggles at the Red Bull Ring, meaning they can put it right and go into Silverstone “laughing”.

“I really hope we’re going to find something this week because, for example, Le Castellet was a lot windier yet I didn’t really feel affected by the wind, where even today [Sunday] the car felt like there was massive turbulence during the race, in terms of the way it was handling, and the high-speed was very light,” he told Autosport.

“So I feel something still wasn’t quite right on the car this weekend, what that is, we still don’t know, but I’d like to believe we’re going to find something because right now it doesn’t add up.

“For now, I remain optimistic that I’ll be like ‘that was what was wrong’, and then we’ll be in Silverstone laughing.”

The Aussie said that he had spoken with team-mate Nico Hulkenberg after the race and that his complaints with the R.S.19 were very similar.

“It sounds like he struggled with the same things, just a very light car and a light feeling, especially during braking,” Ricciardo explained.

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