Classics "More aggressive and more demanding": Renault team boss compares Alonso with Ricciardo

17:35  25 november  2020
17:35  25 november  2020 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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And it will be so much faster than softer tyres predict on paper. Ricciardo is satisfied, but he is not cheering. best chance for midfield teams to challenge top teams are usual the first few races with their huge budget the topteams can pump out more upgrades.

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When Daniel Ricciardo changes to McLaren at the end of this Formula 1 season and from Fernando Alonso at Renault is replaced, a new era is dawning for the team. Because with the two-time world champion they are joined by a driver who doesn’t mince his words and is not afraid to criticize his own team.

Alonso is practically the exact opposite of Ricciardo, who has always been friendly and reserved throughout his Formula 1 career. "For me, the best thing is to wave, smile, say hello to everyone, jump in the car and try to drive faster and not overcomplicate it. That's it," the Australian says of himself.

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Daniel Ricciardo has no intention of easing Fernando Alonso ’s return to Formula One by giving the two-time world champion any practice time in his Renault car this year. He added: “It’s great obviously for the sport and to return with the team that got him his titles is a good fit.

However, Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo feels that this is not a true reflection of their actual pace. Renault “Has More Speed Than Ferrari” Daniel Ricciardo began by reflecting on their results so far “We have had eighth every race. Look, obviously eighth is not bad

"It there's the other side of sport and business and all that, but there are people who can handle it better than I. My best place in sport is behind the wheel so I try to focus on what I'm good at . "

Abiteboul had to look behind the smile at Ricciardo

His team boss at Renault, Cyril Abiteboul, analyzes in an interview with ' GP Racing ': "He is more intuitive than analytical. He has to have fun and find an environment that is conducive to it. " Talking to Ricciardo about important things is "not so easy because he is actually quite shy," he continues. "He's not going to speak very directly about things that don't work."

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"It took me some time to decipher and understand what was really hidden behind this smile," admits Abiteboul. He will most likely not have this problem with Alonso from the coming Formula 1 season. "He's probably a bit more aggressive and demanding."

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The team boss is aware: "Fernando is a completely different guy. He will go into the engine, the car, the strategy, the organization bluntly. We know that. Both of them tell us to do our absolute best, one by being says how it is to the other by his expectations and the level of the driver he is. "

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These two diametrical characters can be observed across the field of 20 drivers. Lando Norris, Ricciardo's future team-mate at McLaren, reveals: "Last year it looked like I was really confident and not nervous, and it was more that I looked brave."

"I had a lot of struggles inside. I think I covered it up pretty well," explains Norris. But the more his self-confidence grew - also in cooperation with a mind coach - the more he was able to deal with the pressure: "Doing it more on your own and taking responsibility for it was part of the growth, that I needed. "

Such openness about one's own ups and downs is not universal in Formula 1. Red Bull driver Max Verstappen, for example, is reluctant to admit what could be perceived as vulnerability: "Why should you speak openly about a weakness, even if you have one? I would never say things like that."

World champion Lewis Hamilton, who has recently become more and more open about his inner struggles, explains: "Between the drivers, who are competitors, the first thing you think about is not to be open and to express yourself."

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