Renault pleased “aggressive” approach paid off
Renault were pleased their “aggressive” approach paid off in the United States Grand Prix as both cars finished in the points.
Ricciardo had a strong start to the race from ninth position and managed to pass the McLaren of Lando Norris before the first round of stops.
Renault decided to keep Ricciardo out when Norris entered the pits for this first stop and the move paid off, with Ricciardo emerging from his stop ahead.
Ricciardo went on to finish in sixth place after starting ninth, beating both of the McLaren’s and although the one stop was a risky strategy, he glad the team opted for it.
“We’ve had a lot of fun races this year and this one is certainly up there.” said Ricciardo after the race.
“The one-stop was the plan and it looked like others on the two-stop would get close at the end, which made things a bit nervy.
“We reached our target of beating both McLaren’s, so that’s really pleasing.
“I enjoyed the battle with Lando [Norris] as I passed him and he passed me back a couple of times at the start and then put some pressure on towards the end.”
Renault Team Principal, Cyril Abiteboul, was just as happy as the Australian, with Nico Hulkenberg also bring home points after finishing ninth, despite having to switch to a two-stop strategy later in the race.
“We have to first acknowledge it was once again a great race in our pack with very open and exciting strategic options for all.” commented Abiteboul.
“Daniel made an excellent start and was one of the few drivers who managed to make a one-stop strategy work.
“When Norris stopped, we decided to be aggressive and not stop to try to beat both McLaren’s, which worked.
“On Nico’s side, the strategy set before the race was also a one-stop, but we managed to switch it on time and Nico kept his head down when he slipped in the leaderboard.
“He was then able to regain positions on soft tyres at the end thanks to clever fuel management at the beginning of the race.”