Why Ricciardo needs to put anomalous 2019 behind him
Daniel Ricciardo’s first season at Renault in 2019 offered plenty of promise, but ultimately no podiums. Now established as the Formula 1 team’s lead driver, he needs that statistic to change in 2020 to keep his long-term options open
“Anomaly – is that the word?” asks Daniel Ricciardo, smiling as ever.
The Renault driver is cheerily chatting his way through a media session midway through the first pre-season test of the 2020 Formula 1 season at Barcelona.
He will end the test with the 10th-quickest time, with teammate Esteban Ocon putting Renault third in the teams’ ranking. Renault will finish the test with 380 laps on the board, with the early indications suggesting another year of action-packed midfield scrapping lies ahead.
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