Daniel Ricciardo: Difficult 2018 will make me better for Renault in 2019

Rex Christensen
February 13, 2019

Renault may be forced to delay its planned shakedown of its RS19 on Saturday owing to the late completion of parts for the new auto.

Speaking following the launch of Renault's vehicle for the upcoming season, Ricciardo admitted that when it comes to race wins and world titles, he's already looking to 2020.

"If I share a little bit of a secret, we are still due to start doing our shakedown on Saturday during a filming day". "It may or may not take place as we speak". Renault F1 managing director Cyril Abiteboul spoke about the developments that they have made with the engine.

"But from the fans" point of view, it's not like I've been taking my foot off the gas pedal or anything and saying "I don't think we're going to win', it's just how the sport is and where we're at at the moment". That's the harsh reality of those late change of regulation.

"I always put pressure on myself and there's pressure to perform regardless of where we will end up finishing the race in Melbourne", he told Fox Sports. "It has really been pushed much further with this year's engine". So I think to a certain degree when you are in such a situation you are a bit more complacent with milestones and internal planning, think that it's going to be OK.

Renault has grown in numbers and spent heavily on equipment, bringing in new resources including two Breton 1500 matrix dynamic machine tools at around $1 million each within the previous year.

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"When you are only working with suppliers, you can't do that".

"We know that there is a direct connection between the time you are spending in the wind tunnel and how competitive you are", he continued.

"We will have to balance performance and reliability, but it's a game everyone is playing in modern Formula One", Abiteboul added. "There will be two drivers, they will be there if you want to have a chat and a coffee. we should have a motorhome and a coffee machine working, but that is as far as I am 100% sure!"

"I haven't walked past anything yet [at the factory] and said: 'Red Bull had that, you guys need that", he said.

"I want to win yesterday, but I feel this is something that will give me wins down the track", he said.

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