The end of the 2019 season of Formula 1 is coming and it will be disputed in the Yas Marina circuit, in Abu Dhabi. All the teams are going to make some improvements to finish the season in the best way possible.
Particularly there is a battle for the 5th position in the Constructor Standings between Toro Rosso and Renault team.
Indeed, the French team has an advantage about only eight points on Toro Rosso that tries to put pressure on Cyril Abiteboul’s team.
Last week Franz Tost, the team principal of Toro Rosso, said "[...]We are only eight points behind Renault, which means also this [fifth place] is still possible. But we have to be clever”. He encourages the team to do better for being able to achieve the 5th place.
It is hard to say which team will conquer it, but we already know that the Renault’s driver, Daniel Ricciardo, is optimistic about the race and he thinks that the Abu Dhabi circuit could facilitate his team’s work.
Furthermore, the Australian driver doesn’t seem to be afraid of Pierre Gasly’s 2nd position in the Brazilian Grand Prix. https://www.motorlat.com/notas/f1/13825/gaslys-glorious-grand-prix
In fact he said "In Abu Dhabi, I know Carlos had a mega race last year, so I'll take that and we'll go there with some positives."
He also said "It won't allow us to rest and gives us really something to fight for in Abu Dhabi. It's a track I really enjoy, I've always gone well there. So yes, ready to go."
Despite Daniel Ricciardo’s good mood and positive vibes, Toro Rosso is confident that the team will overcome Renault at the end of the season. The last week’s race has given other points to the squad thanks to the 2nd place of Pierre Gasly and it has helped them to get close to Renault.
WOOOOW, 2nd!!!!!!— PIERRE GASLY 🇫🇷 (@PierreGASLY) November 17, 2019
I’m just lost for words... simply incredible day!! Just wanna THANKS each single person that helped and supported me since day 1 to live this moment and emotions, best day of my life. Thinking about you Anthoine, that one is for you my friend. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/ML8e8Ht0pR
It is also important to pay attention to the Driver Standings because it isn’t still confirmed. Nico Hulkenberg is six points behind Kimi Raikkonen, but Daniil Kvyat is only two points away from him. Instead, Daniel Ricciardo is fighting for the 9th position against Sergio Perez, who is eight points behind him.
For that reason the struggle in the middle of the Drivers’ championship will definitely be thrilling.