Ricciardo says Renault engine letdown a wake-up call for 2016

Daniel Ricciardo says that discovering the latest specification of Renault engine is no quicker than its predecessor is a good wake-up call for Red Bull if it continues with the French manufacturer next year.

Ricciardo says Renault engine letdown a wake-up call for 2016
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing
Renault logo on the Red Bull Racing RB10 engine cover
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB11
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB11
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB11
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB11

Red Bull elected to give Ricciardo the new engine to try at Interlagos in the hope it would deliver a step forward in performance, knowing it would land him a 10-place grid penalty.

But Ricciardo revealed that he was in fact slower in a straight line during qualifying than teammate Daniil Kvyat, who was not using the upgraded engine.

Asked if he felt it was worth taking a grid penalty for, he said: "With the grid penalty, no, but for us getting some clarity on where [the engine] is, yes.

"We had to try it, and see if what Renault saw on the dyno could be replicated on track, but it didn't really give us any laptime.

"So it's a penalty for a little bit of knowledge. We've taken a hit today, but long-term we're better off for what we've learned.

"We know what [the engine] is, and that we need something better if we continue together next year."

Unsure of points

Ricciardo also admitted that scoring points from 19th on the grid could be a struggle without the necessary straight line speed to overtake.

"We're quicker than the group of cars around us," the Australian told Sky Sports. "Whether we'll be able to make one less stop and jump into the points, I don't know.

"We'll have the tyre wear to do it, but I don't know if we have the speed."

He added: "The weekend went pretty smoothly, but in qualifying we lacked that extra tenth or two we needed to make the step up.

"I've been thinking a bit more of the race and setting the car up for starting towards the back, but even so you always want to beat your teammate."

shares
comments
Brazilian Grand Prix Qualifying: Nico Rosberg roars to fifth pole in succession

Previous article

Brazilian Grand Prix Qualifying: Nico Rosberg roars to fifth pole in succession

Next article

Bottas qualified fourth and Massa eighth for tomorrow's Brazilian GP

Bottas qualified fourth and Massa eighth for tomorrow's Brazilian GP
Load comments
The times that suggest Verstappen should be confident of F1 Russian GP recovery Prime

The times that suggest Verstappen should be confident of F1 Russian GP recovery

For the second race in a row, Mercedes has ended the first day of track action on top. It’s in a commanding position at the Russian Grand Prix once again – this time largely thanks to Max Verstappen’s upcoming engine-change grid penalty. But there’s plenty to suggest all hope is not lost for the championship leader at Sochi...

Why dumping the MGU-H is the right move for F1 Prime

Why dumping the MGU-H is the right move for F1

OPINION: With its days apparently numbered, the MGU-H looks set to be dropped from Formula 1’s future engine rules in order to entice new manufacturers in. While it may appear a change of direction, the benefits for teams and fans could make the decision a worthwhile call

Formula 1
Sep 23, 2021
The floundering fortunes of F1’s many Lotus reboots Prime

The floundering fortunes of F1’s many Lotus reboots

Team Lotus ceased to exist in 1994 - and yet various parties have been trying to resurrect the hallowed name, in increasingly unrecognisable forms, ever since. Damien Smith brings GP Racing’s history of the legendary team to an end with a look at those who sought to keep the flame alive in Formula 1.

Formula 1
Sep 22, 2021
Why the 2021 title fight is far from F1's worst, despite its toxic background Prime

Why the 2021 title fight is far from F1's worst, despite its toxic background

OPINION: Formula 1 reconvenes for the Russian Grand Prix two weeks after the latest blow in ‘Max Verstappen vs Lewis Hamilton’. While the Silverstone and Monza incidents were controversial, they thankfully lacked one element that so far separates the 2021 title fight from the worst examples of ugly championship battles

Formula 1
Sep 22, 2021
How Mika Hakkinen thrived at Lotus Prime

How Mika Hakkinen thrived at Lotus

Mika Hakkinen became Michael Schumacher’s biggest rival in Formula 1 in the late-90s and early 2000s, having also made his F1 debut in 1991. But as MARK GALLAGHER recalls, while Schumacher wowed the world with a car that was eminently capable, Hakkinen was fighting to make his mark with a famous team in terminal decline

Formula 1
Sep 21, 2021
The forgotten F1 comeback that began Jordan’s odyssey  Prime

The forgotten F1 comeback that began Jordan’s odyssey 

Before Michael Schumacher – or anyone else – had driven the 191 (or 911 as it was initially called), Eddie Jordan turned to a fellow Irishman to test his new Formula 1 car. JOHN WATSON, a grand prix winner for Penske and McLaren, recalls his role in the birth of a legend…

Formula 1
Sep 20, 2021
The squandered potential of a 70s F1 underdog Prime

The squandered potential of a 70s F1 underdog

A podium finisher in its first outing but then never again, the BRM P201 was a classic case of an opportunity squandered by disorganisation and complacency, says Stuart Codling.

Formula 1
Sep 18, 2021
The other notable Monza escape that F1 should learn from Prime

The other notable Monza escape that F1 should learn from

OPINION: The headlines were dominated by the Italian Grand Prix clash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, who had the halo to thank for avoiding potentially serious injury. But two days earlier, Formula 1 had a lucky escape with a Monza pitlane incident that could also have had grave consequences.

Formula 1
Sep 17, 2021