How 'spoiled' Ricciardo got a reality check

How 'spoiled' Ricciardo got a reality check

While Renault is some way behind where it wants to be in Formula 1, Daniel Ricciardo hasn't had the best start to the 2019 season either. Time is slipping away for one of the championship's best drivers to become a consistent title threat

After qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix, Nico Hulkenberg said that Renault team-mate Daniel Ricciardo's feedback comes from a "spoiled, a kind of better car" starting point. It was a light-hearted comment rather than a dig, made in response to a question about Ricciardo feeling that the car wasn't perfect over the bumps, but Hulkenberg's words encapsulate an irrefutable truth.

Ricciardo's shock decision to sign for midfield outfit Renault meant turning his back on a series of Red Bulls that were, at times, the class of the chassis field. The evidence so far suggests that adapting to life in the midfield has been more difficult than anticipated, hence the decision to take part in this week's Bahrain test.

To continue reading this feature...

You must have an AUTOSPORT+ subscription. Prices start from just $1.50 per week and give you full unrestriced access to all news and features. View package options? Magazine subscriber?


from just $1.50 per week

  • Get unlimited access to AUTOSPORT with news and views from the paddock
  • Enjoy AUTOSPORT+: subscriber-only analysis, comment and top-quality pictures
  • Explore every F1 stat in the world’s best motorsport database

Pay as you go

Read this feature right now for just