Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo says he’s set himself some new personal goals for 2020, after settling in at Renault over the last year.
Having swapped to Renault from Red Bull Racing at the end of 2018, last year was a period of acclimitisation for the Australian driver. Not only had he to get used to a new team, enviroment, car and engineer, he also had to get used to racing in the midfield having taken a step backwards from the front-running Red Bull team.
However, with Renault coming through what they say was a lengthy period of consolidation to improve performance, 2020 looks like a different beast for Ricciardo, who says he’s expecting to hit the ground running this year: “I’m looking forward to blending into the team better on the back of having a full season behind us – so things are going to be easier in that sense. Once I’m in the car at pre-season testing in Barcelona, I’d imagine things will run quite smooth.”
“I already know my engineer, what the targets are, what to work on and what the general car characteristics are like so that should mean we can hit the ground running. This all means that I can provide more immediate feedback, and therefore it’ll be easier to make those comparisons between the R.S.19 and R.S.20.” continued Ricciardo.
He says he started his pre-season training a little earlier than usual, saying he got ‘restless’ after a while over the off-season, and he says he’s feeing a lot of motivation for the new season. With a new teammate alongside in the shape of young Frenchman Esteban Ocon, Ricciardo says he’s excited to develop a new racing dynamic with a fresh face.
“I am looking forward to work with Esteban.” Ricciardo said. “It’s always exciting to come into a season with a new team-mate. It’s a chance to work with a new driver and develop that chemistry together, and ultimately push each other to be the best we can be. I think Esteban will bring a positive dynamic; he’s young and hungry. He missed out a season in Formula 1, so I think he’s going to be very keen to do well.”
“I have a few personal goals, but ultimately, I want to leave the race weekends feeling like I’ve completed the task at hand and given absolutely everything. It’s going to be important that I’ve applied my full attention and skill set, and not taken the easy route out.”