News "Turnaround made": Renault celebrates strong team result in Silverstone

17:30  03 august  2020
17:30  03 august  2020 Source:   de.motorsport.com

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In Silverstone, Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon successfully fight with McLaren and Racing Point - In the end, fourth and sixth place and 20 points to book

Strong result for Renault in Silverstone: The team celebrated its best overall result so far this year with 20 points at the Grand Prix of Great Britain , the fourth race of the 2020 Formula 1 season. Daniel Ricciardo equalized his best race result with Renault (Monza 2019) in fourth place, Esteban Ocon completed the strong team performance in sixth.

"I had a good first lap," said Ricciardo, who started the race from eighth. "It was something I really wanted to improve this year. Then we ended up in the middle of chasing the McLarens. There was tire damage and chaos, it got pretty wild. Through all of this I saw how I got closer to Ferrari. .. "

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The Renault driver was no longer able to catch up with Charles Leclerc, but secured fourth place ahead of Lando Norris. He had dueled with him several times in the race, a few laps before the end he made the last decisive overtaking maneuver.

Ricciardo sees many improvements to the car

"It was on the hangar straight. The DRS effect came quite late, I pulled in and when we slowed down I was pretty much there and finally passed," Ricciardo recapitulates the situation . "It was nice to catch him, to give him a taste of next year ... I'm just kidding." The next year he will be Norris' new teammate at McLaren.

Even though he ultimately benefited from the tire damage at Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) and Carlos Sainz (McLaren) and was rushed from sixth to fourth place, Ricciardo sees good progress overall. "We definitely improved," he says.

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"I would still emphasize where we have improved, namely the rear of the car, the performance, the traction, many of the slow, medium-speed corners," the Renault driver analyzes. "I still have the feeling that there is still more to get out of the high-speed range. We can see that clearly on one lap in qualifying."

Ocon wants to improve in qualifying

Esteban Ocon, Lance Stroll © Provided by motorsport.com Esteban Ocon, Lance Stroll

Esteban Ocon still received Lance Stroll

in the final phase Photo: Motorsport Images

Teammate Ocon also identified this area as the greatest weakness: "Im We missed something last Q3 run because we were much more competitive than what we showed. " He had qualified ninth right behind Ricciardo.

"Qualifying on Saturday is the thing that we have to improve. It would make life a lot easier if we could qualify a little higher", knows the Frenchman and speculates: "It could be because of the tire preparation and because of it what kind of set-up we choose for the car. I think, as so often, it comes down to all these little details in combination. "

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Again, Ocon was more than satisfied with the tires in the race: "The car seems to treat them very well, so I was also very confident that it would work on Sunday. It was nice to drive and I had a good rhythm, too if I followed other cars directly. "

To Budapest: Teamwork has brought about a turnaround

There is great relief - especially after the disappointment in Budapest - as Ocon admits. "I was not satisfied with the course of Budapest, we made the turn here. It's a great feeling," he enthuses.

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After stalking him for several laps, Ocon forces his way past Stroll to take P8 with a mega move #BritishGP # F1 pic.twitter.com/nQgCfey9L7

- Formula 1 (@ F1) August 2, 2020 "The work we did last week paid off massively," says the Renault driver, particularly praising the team's performance. "There were a lot of calls and debriefings. We worked with the engineers and everyone down to Viry and Enstone, and it paid off, so beware of the boys."

At the end of the race, Ocon was even able to successfully fight against Lance Stroll's Racing Point and move past him with a courageous maneuver. "I waited patiently for my moment and it came," he sums up with satisfaction.

With images from Motorsport Images.

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