Daniel Ricciardo was one of the drivers fighting for Q3 today, however yellow flags in sector two on his faster run meant he had to abort his lap. The Honey Badger will start tomorrow in twelfth position, which is not something great compared to the last few races.
“Austria has been one of our more challenging weekends, and we struggled all day today. It just wasn’t happening for us and we couldn’t find the pace. It’s a shame as we had a nice run of Q3 appearances in recent races. We’ll gain some positions with grid penalties tomorrow, but before then we need to find out what went wrong today", Ricciardo stated.
🎙 “We’ll gain some positions with grid penalties tomorrow, but before then we need to find out what went wrong today.”— Renault F1 Team (@RenaultF1Team) 29 giugno 2019
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The Aussie also complaint about an uncompetitive Renault, where he can't understand the reason of this performance step back from Paul Ricard: "What we felt different from France was the surface. The new surface made the car feel a bit different to the previous few places. But in terms of braking, feeling and all this, it was not bad in France. even when i got my penalties for running wide, that was understeering and watching the front. About braking, we didn't struggled in France. So far this weekend felt like back to kind of an earlier season car."
As he will start from 12th place, Daniel thinks that this poor result won't be a thing to worry in the near future for the French squad. "For sure it has broken a little bit of momentum for me, I had four Q3s in a row, it's obviously a shame to stop that. For the team it sounds like something we need to understand. We had made progress for sure, Canada and Monaco are places when we showed that. Still some work to do, I don't believe this will be now a trend, I hope it isn't. But certainly I want to understand at least why we haven't been fast this weekend. It's too easy just to say that the track doesn't suit us. I certainly feel there's something more which we haven't quite understood yet."
"I would say we would expect a bit more for those upgrades in terms of lap time translations that hasn't really shown. Maybe there is stuff for wind tunnel which isn't lining up. We'll trying to ask a few questions and see how they come back. It's tough cause obviously it wasn't great and it was quite frustrating in the car", Ricciardo concluded.