Renault had one of their best days since they returned to the sport in 2016. Whilst both drivers benefitted from the misfortune to Valtteri Bottas and Carlos Sainz in the closing laps, they showed strong race pace around Silverstone today.
After a ding-dong battle with the McLarens for the majority of the race, Ricciardo came out on top as he passed from Lando Norris in the latter stages and took full advantage of Sainz’s tyre troubles. The Aussie ended up just over a second behind Charles Leclerc at the end.
Esteban Ocon’s race was a story of traffic as he was stuck in P9 for the vast majority of the Grand Prix. He managed to overtake Lance Stroll in the latter part of the race and gained two more places thanks to the problems in front of him.
Daniel Ricciardo – P4
“It was a crazy race at the end, and it feels really cool to take fourth place. We made a good start, jumped up to sixth and we showed decent pace. At the safety car restart I was close to Carlos [Sainz] but didn’t have enough and that allowed Lando [Norris] to have a run on me and I missed out there. That was a bit frustrating, but it came back to us at the end. The race really came alive and that was really good. We had some pace at the end and I was able to get Lando and then Carlos had a problem. I saw Charles [Leclerc] getting closer and maybe with a couple more laps we could have had a podium! We have another chance next week. We were assisted by some chaos, but we were definitely a top six car today and that’s pleasing.”
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Esteban Ocon – P6
“I’m very happy with today’s team result. It was very fun out there, lots of overtaking, lots of fun battles and a fantastic result to finish it off. I think today shows how quick our car is in the race. It really felt awesome today and it was a strong performance from the team. It’s a credit to everyone at Enstone and Viry for their hard work between Budapest and this race. We had a lot of discussions, and that’s really paid off today. It proves that we need to qualify further up to make our life easier on Sunday. We have another opportunity next week for more.”