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SportFairytale win set to be a step too far for Ricciardo and Renault

14:46  14 march  2019
14:46  14 march  2019 Source:   smh.com.au

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Ricciardo's sad Red Bull admission Daniel Ricciardo has dismissed whispers of a rift between he and Max Verstappen but conceded Red Bull would have backed the Dutch prodigy.

Ricciardo 's own public pronouncements had also strongly indicated he was set to re-sign with Red Bull. But in quotes attributed to him by Renault , Ricciardo said: "I realise there is a lot ahead in order to allow Renault to reach their target of competing at the highest level but I have been

FORMULA One ace Daniel Ricciardo will be racing for Renault next year. Whispers concerning Ricciardo ’s happiness during what will turn out to be his final year at Red “I guess Max and myself probably take too many points away from each other,” he said as he reflected on his title chances.

Fairytale win set to be a step too far for Ricciardo and Renault© AAP Daniel Ricciardo. Australia’s Formula One ace Daniel Ricciardo is realistic enough to know his switch to Renault won’t deliver immediate results and to imagine a fairytale win at his home grand prix is a bridge too far.

But the 29-year-old Western Australian is not afraid of tilting at windmills, even though he gave a guarded response when asked how close Renault was to the top three teams – Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull.

"I am not sure. The second week (of testing in Barcelona) we added more parts (to the car) and that was encouraging for our development,” Ricciardo told a packed media conference ahead of the new F1 season.

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Ricciardo 's anticipated contract extension with Red Bull had been thought to be a formality. Signing Daniel Ricciardo is a unique opportunity for the Groupe Renault towards this objective that could not be Daniel Ricciardo : "It was probably one of the most difficult decisions to take in my career so far .

Ricciardo 's departure could mean Carlos Sainz joins McLaren from Renault . There is a view within Red Bull that Ricciardo is running away from team-mate Max Verstappen. Ricciardo said: ‘It was probably one of the most difficult decisions to take in my career so far .

"I think judging the top three cars, I don’t even know where they stand at the moment.

"A few more days and you’ll know."

A podium finish at Albert Park still eludes Ricciardo and he described his prospects of victory on Sunday as "optimistic". The Australian is also readying himself for some "midfield battles" early in the season.

"A win might be optimistic in a few days time, but being the hunter I think that still might be a lot of fun this year. I’ll try and keep that up more than ever," he said.

"I’ll try to win of course.

"If we could pull it off then, yeah, lock your doors."

World champion Lewis Hamilton and the man who comes into the Australian Grand Prix as favourite, Sebastian Vettel, both agree on one thing: You can't win the title in Melbourne. And you can't lose it either.

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Too many missed opportunities and too many blunders that were — too often — not of his own doing meant At first it came as a shock but the reality is , staying put would have been the far bigger sin Ricciardo has repeatedly said all he wants is a world title. At 29 he’s in the prime of his career and

Daniel Ricciardo will make a sensational move from Red Bull to Renault for the 2019 season, it The move is likely to further open up the bitter divide between Red Bull and Renault , which has festered Ferrari are reportedly set to offer Kimi Raikkonen another one-year deal after cooling on a move for

But you can make a statement to the rest of the field, boost your team's morale and lift your own confidence with a forward showing.

Ferrari was the quickest in testing, but both men were reluctant to say that Barcelona results provide definitive proof at this stage of the season.

"It’s difficult to know what everyone is doing (in testing). It’s usually over the first few races that you get an idea of where everyone stands," said Hamilton, the No.1 at Mercedes.

"You improve throughout the testing, you come away and analyse where you have been. We will have a much better understanding from here. But it’s the same for everyone.

"It’s a long long season so I don't think it’s the most important thing (to win in Melbourne). It’s about finding ourselves, and making sure you get as many points as you can."

Vettel shared Hamilton's view.

"I don't think we will win it or lose it here," he said.

Asked if he and his Ferrari squad were in a better place than they were this time last year, Vettel was unequivocal.

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The only complaint Daniel Ricciardo has about his lucrative Renault move is that the team's yellow and black colours remind him of AFL club Richmond.But it's "I have worn a navy blue race suit for Red Bull since 2008, since I was a junior," he said.

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"Yes. Last year winter testing didn't go well for us. We had some issues with the car we had to fix. But we got lucky with the safety cars (during the race) last year and grabbed the win," he said.

This time round, says Vettel, the team is "happier" with the car's performance in the lead up to the first GP of the season. But, said the German, a four-time world champion himself, whatever happened on Sunday the team "couldn't improve on last year's result".

Max Verstappen, the Red Bull No.1, said he was happy with the way things had gone through the off-season.

"So far we had a good winter testing without too many issues. Introducing the new engine to the chassis, it didn't seem as though it was giving us problems," he said.

On Thursday the sport was rocked by the death of one of the most influential men in Formula One, with teams and drivers leading tributes to race director Charlie Whiting.

A beloved figure on the circuit, 66-year-old Whiting died after suffering a pulmonary embolism.

FIA president Jean Todt says F1 had lost "a faithful friend and a charismatic ambassador".

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"I have known Charlie Whiting for many years and he has been a great race director, a central and inimitable figure in Formula One who embodied the ethics and spirit of this fantastic sport," Todt said in a statement.

Said Vettel: "I’ve known him for a long time and he’s been our man – the drivers’ man.

"He was the middle man – someone you could ask anything anytime. At anytime his door was always open.

"He was a racer. He was just a very nice guy."

Ricciardo frustrated at missing out on top 10 grid place.
Ricciardo frustrated at missing out on top 10 grid place

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