Auto Shows Daniel Ricciardo: Everything is fine again with Cyril Abiteboul and Renault

17:45  23 october  2020
17:45  23 october  2020 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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at the end of the season Cyril Abiteboul was frustrated after Daniel Ricciardo before the start of the Formula 1 season 2020 announced his departure from Renault. But now Ricciardo says: everything is yesterday's news. They pulled themselves together again and finally made the desired progress on the track.

Abiteboul, who didn't say a word of thanks to Ricciardo after the change was announced, recently praised his driver for his excellent contribution to the development of the Renault team. "That was a nice compliment," says Ricciardo. He appreciated such statements.

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"I think I'm at an age and at a point in my career now where I have the experience to make a positive impact. It's about [for example] what you can bring to a team, whether you can can come into a room and carry people away. It sounds so simple, but it's really important, "he explains.

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Of course, a driver must also convince on the track, "with commitment, with determination, with passion", Ricciardo continues.

An Renault has stimulated him to do building work in a new environment, "to make it to this point," as he says. Renault has now achieved an important interim goal with Ricciardo: the first Formula 1 podium since returning to the factory team for the 2016 season.

"It's really cool that it worked out this year," says Ricciardo. "All the work is now noticeable. And it's nice that it is recognized. But it's not just about me. The entire team has made progress this year, and not too narrowly."

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Looking back: Everything went well at Renault

Probably that is why the fuss about his person and the planned departure to McLaren would soon have subsided, says Ricciardo. "I didn't want the next six months to be any strange, and that's not how it turned out. Everything is fine."

The situation of saying goodbye to Abiteboul and Renault after only one year was "a bit stupid", explains Ricciardo. "And the calls weren't exactly fun either. The good thing was that the season hadn't even started, we were all still in lockdown and had time to think about it."

"When we finally started racing it was already behind us. I think both sides handled it very mature. And I would like to leave the team so that everyone is happy and satisfied, that we had two solid years."

Ricciardo leaves a lasting memory in any case: a tattoo at Abiteboul to redeem a bet for the first Renault podium result. It has not yet been engraved, says Ricciardo, who will choose the motif. He had "two designs" but had not yet made an appointment for Abiteboul. "Hopefully before Bahrain," says Ricciardo.

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