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F1 Brazilian Grand Prix: Ricciardo unconvinced by Renault upgrade gains

Daniel Ricciardo sets top five pace in free practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix, but he isn't attributing it to the Renault engine upgrade
Daniel Ricciardo says he is unconvinced Renault's much anticipated engine upgrade is an improvement over its predecessor, even if he was happy to end the first day of mileage for the Brazilian Grand Prix without any issues.

After Red Bull turned down the opportunity to run the engine upgrade in the United States in order to avoid a grid penalty, it has chosen to give the power unit to Ricciardo for Interlagos, with the Australian running it for the first time in free practice.

On paper it was a positive day for Ricciardo, ending up fourth and fifth in the two sessions, ahead of team-mate Daniil Kvyat using the existing specification unit.

However, Ricciardo doesn't believe the upgrade offers many gains compared with the former engine, even if he feels it has potentially more to give after some tweaking by Renault

“To be honest it's pretty similar to the old one. The positive was I got out the box today and it was fine, everything worked as it should. It feels a little bit fresher but not too much different other than that.”

“I've got Daniil's old one to compared to and to be honest not as much power as we were expecting from it for now. To be fair it's the first day of running it for the guys so obviously Renault can have a look at everything tonight and I'm sure find a few little things here and there to extract from it tomorrow. But nothing too obvious from my side at the moment.”

With Ricciardo destined to take a grid penalty, he is nonetheless confident he can make progress during the race from wherever he qualifies.

“We should be able to do a little bit of overtaking,” he said. “The good thing here is that it is at least a two stop race, maybe three, so that opens a few more windows of opportunity.”

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November 14, 2015 5:17 AM

F1sandgroper: Just a driver telling it how it is for once. It's not Renault bashing and anyway who ever said that they were exempt from criticism if the product isn't good enough. Renault have as much to answer for in this war of words.
You have to realise mate that if certain people didn't come on here daily to bash DR and pretend they know everything about F1 they wouldn't have anything to do. DR was a breath of fresh air a year ago for the way he spoke, and now, after beating their favourite driver in a head to head battle, he's all of a sudden a bad guy.
DR seems like a decent bloke but RBR's constant public criticism whether outward or subtle like through DR's interview is unnecessary. Behind closed doors. RBR are not doing that poorly.


November 14, 2015 4:47 AM

72SS1943: This is only the first round with regard as the Renault "D" spec engine. Dan's best was .263 second faster than Danny. A little bit better than stated, now we will need to wait to see if the engine will last for 5 race meetings to meet the FIA 4 engine per season requirement. I wonder if Renault intends to develop the engine at the same rate that has been achieved with this upgrade? 12 tokens for .263 second improvement, they will require 32 tokens for 3 years just to catch Merc now without any improvement by Merc.
The problem for the red bullies and its drivers is it looks most probable that Renault it will have to be for at least another year regardless of your scientific calculations and regardless if they like it or not.
At least he is telling the truth, he is not wearing a pair of rose coloured one eyed glasses and making a constructive comment as per data.

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