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SportHorror start for Renault at Aussie GP

07:15  15 march  2019
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Ricciardo's sad Red Bull admission

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.

Australian Grand Prix chief executive Andrew Westacott said 100,000 fans could flock to the Albert Park circuit for Sunday's GP , and predicted a Ricciardo has played down his chances of challenging Mercedes and Ferrari after shifting to Renault this season but is promising to win fans with his driving.

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Horror start for Renault at Aussie GP© AAP Image/James Ross German driver Nico Hulkenberg of the Renault team during the first practice session on day two of the Formula 1 2019 Australian Grand Prix. Daniel Ricciardo’s Renault team have been hit by realiability issues during the opening practice session ahead of Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

Ricciardo’s teammate Nico Hulkenberg was sidelined for more than an hour of the 90 minutesession, after the team detected an error with the electronics.

It meant removing the floor of the car and resetting the electronics, forcing the German had to sit out much of the session.

When he did finally hit the track Hulkenberg set the 10th fastest time, more than 1.4 seconds behind the pace set by world champion Lewis Hamilton.

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Unfortunately for the Aussie , he was later excluded from the race results, owing to an And while everyone was on their toes for the race start , the other Marussia driven by Jules Bianchi also His Red Bull RB10, despite pre-season worries about the Renault engine, looked both fast and reliable

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The Mercedes driver topped the timesheets with a time of 1.23.599, just three-hundreths of a second faster than arch-rival Sebastian Vettel.

Charles Leclerc impressed in his first outing for Ferrari, rounding out the top three, with Max Verstappen fourth for Red Bull and Valtteri Bottas fifth.

Just over a quarter of second covered the top five drivers, with a sizeable gap of one second separating Bottas in fifth and Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen in sixth.

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Renault and McLaren Mercedes have threatened F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone with the boycott of the Flavio started it (the threat), aided and abetted by Ron Dennis. They were saying all the The tough situation ahead of the Aussie GP was also confirmed by Albert Park race promoter Ron Walker.

Daniel Ricciardo’s horror start to life as a Renault driver has taken another dramatic twist after a spectacular mishap during testing for the new Formula One season. The Aussie spun out on turn one after the Drag Reduction System (DRS) flap flew right off his rear wing on the second day of testing.

The midfield battle was as tight as expected, with four-tenths of a second covering 10 cars from sixth to 15.

Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo was down in 17th spot, more than two seconds off the pace, although team boss Cyril Abiteboul said that’s not a true indication of his potential pace.

“No, absolutely not,” Abiteboul told SkySports F1.

“We were running to be safe, lots of fuel, we are testing some development items on the front wing, and throughout the rear of the car.”

Toro Rosso’s Alex Albon brought out the red flags just after the one hour mark, when he hit the wall at turn two, removing the front wing and also damaging the rear of the car, although he was able to drive back to the pits under his own power.

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