Daniel Ricciardo is desperate to end a tough 2019 F1 season on a high note for Renault.
The Australian’s first season with the French manufacturer has been difficult due to a combination of reliability, incidents and an underwhelming chassis which have undermined making the progress that was expected.
There have been highs, however, notably P6 in Canada and P4 in Italy, but after a difficult series of races since Monza, Ricciardo was feeling downbeat as he prepared to start from 16th position at Suzuka. “Certainly I was thinking “the same kind of crap,” and that we can’t really get a break with issues and whatever,” he was quoted by Yahoo Sport.
“But in Japan, I felt like we finally got a result we deserve, and we’ve got back-to-backs coming up now, some fun ones. “So hopefully we can get a string of points finishes and try to just get something for the team.” That result was a sixth-place finish following a late charge through the field in Japan and now, with just four races left, Ricciardo is keen to avoid another dip. “We get there, then we drop and people tend to get a bit negative, and we’re trying to get back up,” he explained. “So just for everyone’s sake, we need to try to keep some positivity before the year is out.”
Of course, lingering over Renault’s result in Suzuka is the protest lodged by Racing Point accusing the team of running an automatic brake bias system. As the investigations continue by the FIA, if found guilty, what has already been a bad year for the team could get a lot, lot worse.
Update: Renault has been found guilty of breaking the technical regulations and has been stripped of the points acquired during the Japanese GP.
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