Daniel Ricciardo has set his sights on 2020 after helping Renault secure fifth place in this year’s Constructors’ Championship at Yas Marina Circuit.
The Australian, who started from P8 on the grid at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday, was part of an exciting midpack battle that included four separate teams jostling for position all the way to the chequered flag.
The race was won by 2019 world champion Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), who dominated from start to finish, followed by Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing) and Charles Leclerc (Ferrari).
Ricciardo, who was edged out of the top 10 on the last lap by Carlos Sainz (McLaren), crossed the line in P11.
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“It was quite a standard race for me today," Ricciardo said. "We struggled a little on the hard tyre after the first stop, which was a shame, and at the end I tried to make up the ground on the faster tyre, but we just ran out of time.
“Although, looking at the bigger picture for us, it was a positive that we managed to secure fifth in the Constructors’ Championship, which was our goal coming into the weekend.
“We’re optimistic heading into the off-season and looking ahead for next season.”
Renault, on 91 points, finished six points ahead of Toro Rosso in the constructors’ standings, with Mercedes, on 739 points, cruising to a dominant victory in 2019.
Ricciardo begins his 2020 campaign with new teammate Esteban Ocon at the Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix 2020 on 12-15 March, which is celebrating the 25th year of F1® in Melbourne.