Daniel Ricciardo

Renault Sport F1

Driver Number

#3

Australia

Representing

Australia

Nation
Australia
Engine
Renault
Date of birth
28/Aug/1989
Place of birth
Perth, Western Australia

Biography

This may well be the mantra the French squad, now renamed Renault F1® Team, takes into 2019.

Renault shocked pitlane late last year when they snatched Daniel Ricciardo, just as the Aussie star was about to commit to two more seasons with Red Bull – or so Red Bull thought.

Renault is getting serious. While the rebuilding of its team has been going on for three years, last season it recruited French engineer Marcin Budkowski, who was formerly with the FIA. He was the man responsible for ticking off all the teams’ technical features, and while he has been with Renault since April, this season will be the first in which his technical input will really be felt.

Those two moves have shown that Renault is not to be taken lightly. Remember, this is the team that pioneered some of F1®'s biggest breakthroughs, like turbocharging in the 1970s and V10 engines in the ’80s, and it is determined to be back at the top.

It might be too soon to talk about Renault challenging the big three – Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari and Red Bull – but it could, and maybe should, be the best of the rest in 2019. But for the team to win in 2020, it needs to take a big step up in performance this year.

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