Ricciardo’s impending exit from Renault was made to look somewhat acrimonious by a pretty unsubtle statement from Renault’s managing director Cyril Abiteboul in the immediate aftermath, as he appeared to question the Aussie’s “reciprocated confidence, unity and commitment”.
And somewhat perversely, a good result for Ricciardo in Austria would’ve strengthened that statement, showing that he may have been wrong to give up on Renault so soon and spurn it for a midfield rival.
Instead, Ricciardo lost a chance at a decent result due to a reliability drama – which even Renault itself must admit is nothing new on its end – while McLaren bagged an almighty haul of points and a podium.
Yes, that podium was made possible by Renault’s engine, but on evidence of Austria it’s still pretty clear McLaren is making more than the works team of whatever Viry is delivering.
MCLAREN IS MAKING MORE THAN THE WORKS TEAM RENAULT F1 TEAM MCLAREN IS MAKING MORE THAN THE WORKS TEAM RENAULT F1 TEAM
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GROSJEAN : I EXPECTED IT TO BE FOR FINANCIAL REASONS
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F1 2020 NEXT RACE
|Portugal ||25 Oct|
|10h00 - 11h30||Free practice 1|
|14h00 - 15h30||Free practice 2|
|11h00 - 12h00||Free practice 3|
|14h00 - 15h00||Qualification|
|14h10 - 16h10||Race|