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RENAULT F1 WILL BE VERY COMPETITIVE AT MONZA TIPS FROM MERCEDES

Ricciardo and his low-drag Renault were strong throughout the Spa weekend and he even challenged Verstappen for third on the opening lap.

It reiterated Renault’s prowess as something of a low-downforce specialist, and gave Ricciardo an opportunity he has seldom enjoyed in a mostly disappointing year and a half with the team.

The improvements at Renault were clearly visible on the Belgian circuit. “Spa is a very quick track which tends to reward a lower downforce set-up, and this played a role in the strong result for Renault – and the minor disaster at Ferrari.

Renault gave Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon a very quick car which looked a lot more consistent to drive”, said the Finnish driver. “It is vital to have a fast, stable car that enables you to fully commit through Eau Rouge and Radaillon. We could see that Daniel had that in qualifying, qualifying 4th with Esteban in 6th, and pushing the Red Bulls.”

The former Formula 1 driver loves Renault’s step forward. “Pat Fry, their Chassis Technical Director, was part of the McLaren engineering team when I was racing, and his appointment ahead of this year seems to have had a really good impact on the team. They will go into the Italian Grand Prix next weekend feeling positive.

” However, Renault still has one thing to take into account, according to Hakkinen. “Neither Mercedes nor Red Bull ran their lowest-downforce aerodynamic set-ups due to the predicted rain – which never arrived.”

TIPS FROM MERCEDES ? MOTIVATED RENAULT TO WITHDRAW RACING POINT APPEAL

Racing Point recently received a penalty of €400,000 and fifteen points deduction for copying the 2019 Mercedes. This was in response to a protest filed by Renault and received support from several other teams, including Ferrari. After the ruling was made, Renault decided to leave it as it is, because the goal would have been achieved. However, there appears to be another reason not to appeal: secret Mercedes information.

FASTER RENAULT

The Italian Corrière della Sera reports that Renault waived its appeal regarding the penalty given to Racing Point. This follows contact with the Mercedes-CEO Ola Kallenius, who spoke with Renault-CEO Luca de Meo. This conversation led to the conclusion that it would be better for Formula 1 to drop the appeal.

But that’s not all, because it is indirectly in the interest of Mercedes not to let this continue for too long. At the same time, Renault also wants to gain something from it, of course, and as compensation, Renault would have been offered secret Mercedes information. This would then focus on how to optimize the engine.

But that’s not all, because it is indirectly in the interest of Mercedes not to let this continue for too long. At the same time, Renault also wants to gain something from it, of course, and as compensation, Renault would have been offered secret Mercedes information. This would then focus on how to optimize the engine.

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27 Sep
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