Ricciardo wants more than a ‘hi’ from Abiteboul

Jamie Woodhouse
Daniel Ricciardo wants to build some morale at Renault.

Daniel Ricciardo wants to build some morale at Renault.

Daniel Ricciardo has said that his focus for 2020 is to try and build a better team chemistry at Renault.

The Aussie arrived at Renault for the 2019 season, making the switch from Red Bull, but it was a disappointing campaign as they ended up P5 in the Constructors’ Championship, while Ricciardo was forced to settle for P9 in the Drivers’ standings.

And he feels that Renault would benefit from some morale building exercises, saying that sometimes all he gets is a “hi” from team principal Cyril Abiteboul on race weekends.

“For next year I’ve got some ideas of things I can do more or better. I feel like I integrated myself into the team well this year, but I look back and am like I can do more,” Ricciardo is quoted by Crash.net.

“I want to have a bit more presence before the season starts, before testing, but also have some ideas of things we can do together as a team to get us into the season – not just technically, but as a team unit I want to get to Barcelona feeling like we got some momentum before the season even starts.

“Even some team morale stuff, call it team building and some activities. More importantly to spend time with the team, even away from the track.

“At the track even like with Cyril [Abiteboul] sometimes it is ‘hi’ and that is all you get over the weekend because we are busy. So you don’t always get good quality time at the circuit.

“I feel that to take this relationship to the next level, getting time away from the track is good. Just having that feeling, even for the guys, if they know each other a bit more, they will want to work a little bit harder for each other and make some good stuff happen.”

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