Renault are fielding one of the strongest driver line-ups on the grid, the French team welcome ‘new boy’ and proven race winner Daniel Ricciardo who will partner veteran Nico Hulkenberg as the team take the next step to rediscover their race winning glory years.
Ricciardo was famously poached from Red Bull by Renault team chief Cyril Abiteboul as he signalled his intent ahead of the 2019 campaign.
Hülkenberg embarks on his third year of competition with the team in 2019 and said, “As a team, we’ve developed a lot since the start of 2017 and that’s all part of the process if we want to achieve our long-term targets.”
“When I arrived, the infrastructure was still young, we’ve come a long way since then with a lot of progress. I want to extract the best from myself and maximise the potential from the team and the car. The important thing is, as a team, we take a good leap forward and perform better consistently.”
“We want the trend to continue upwards and keep the developments coming,” added the German who has yet to celebrate on a grand prix podium in 156 starts.
Ricciardo, a seven-time Grand Prix winner, will be the benchmark for his teammate as well as the team, “Renault has a massive history in motorsport, so to be part of the next step of their Formula 1 journey is an exciting challenge.”
“I’m here to do a job on track and drive as fast as possible, but I would like to bring the team energy. I want to put a spring in everyone’s step because that’s part of my job and also my character. I aim to be able to get the team to work that extra bit harder, put in more effort and rally everyone together. I’d like to be a catalyst for positive energy.”
“Everything I learnt in 2018 will make me a better version of myself in 2019. The difference will be a more mature person. I have more clarity of where I’m going and I aim for that to be shown with good results on track.”
“I feel a lot of positive pressure and expectation to do good things, but that’s something I’m looking forward to taking on,” added the Australian.
With new facilities and new drivers bolstering confidence, 2019 promises to be an interesting year on and off track.