‘Ricciardo will have to get a harder skin’

Date published: March 18 2019

'Daniel Ricciardo will have to get a harder skin'

Daniel Ricciardo will need to develop a “harder skin” and “more patience” if he wants to triumph in this year’s midfield battle, says Cyril Abiteboul.

Having swapped Red Bull for Renault in the off-season, Ricciardo is expecting a season spent battling in the midfield while his new team chases fourth place in the Constructors’ Championship.

And that’s exactly what he got at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

The Aussie qualified P12 for his home race and immediately tried to make up positions at the start.

He attempted a pass around the outside of Sergio Perez only to bounce along the grass, hit a gutter, and lose his front wing.

His Renault boss Abiteboul feels a less in patience is needed.

“It’s not that he underestimated it, but as a midfield team we do not operate in the same way as a top team,” he told France’s Auto Hebdo.

“Maybe he will have to get a harder skin and some more patience at the start.

“I am absolutely not panicked. He is an intelligent boy.

“In Bahrain we will have a more traditional circuit with more room at the sides.”

Ricciardo would later retire from the grand prix, parking his RS19 in the Renault garage as a result of the earlier damage.

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