Renault: We had a small taste of being at the front on merit

Renault F1 Team previews the twelfth race weekend of the 2019 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, the Rolex Hungarian Grand Prix.

Drivers Nico Hülkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo share their thoughts on the challenges of the Hungaroring, while Cyril Abiteboul and Chassis Technical Director Nick Chester give the latest on the team and on the 2019 package.

Cyril Abiteboul, Team Principal: “We left Hockenheim with a bitter taste as, in exceptional races like Sunday’s, you can really pick up some big points. We have another chance in Hungary to demonstrate what we can do, and I know both drivers are motivated to deliver on the potential and go into the summer on a positive.

“We continue to be focused on our objective to build a more competitive car. We had a small taste of what it feels like to be up at the front on merit and this is just the motivation we need heading towards the summer break. The championship is open and, quite clearly, we need to score good points in Hungary to stay in the race.”

Nick Chester, Chassis Technical Director: “The track is tight, with lots of low speed corners. The only long burst of full throttle is the pit straight. We run in a high downforce configuration, one of only four times over a season we will run it, along with Monaco, Singapore and Mexico. The average speed is therefore low, but it is hard on the tyres, in particular the rears. There aren’t many overtaking possibilities, and qualifying becomes even more critical than at other races.”

Nico Hülkenberg: “The Hungaroring is a very technical circuit and almost non-stop. Corners come one after the other and they all combine in a way. A small mistake on one corner means you’re off for the next one and it’s therefore quite challenging to string together a lap. You need confidence in the car. Last weekend hurt, but we have the opportunity for an immediate comeback this weekend in Hungary. I’m determined as ever for a strong result.”

Daniel Ricciardo: “People liken the circuit to Monaco without walls, but it’s tricky to make that reference as it is its own track with its own challenges. It’s fast there, quite tight, but that doesn’t mean overtaking isn’t possible. Plenty goes on at the wheel at the Hungaroring. I’m looking forward to Budapest and we know how important it is for a strong team result so we’re heading into the summer on a positive.”