So as the season finally got underway in Austria and Renault qualified solidly mid-grid, with only one car making it to the lower reaches of Q3, it wasn't the start that had been hoped. The possibility seemed very real that Renault might not re-commit the team to F1 after 2021, the end of the current Concorde Agreement.

", Saunders: Abiteboul's tattoo will be Ricciardo and Nurburgring themed (1:36), Alonso surprised by potential of Renault's 2020 car, Hamilton, Massa and the complete oral history of F1's most dramatic finale, The story behind Toto Wolff's lap record and huge crash at the Nurburgring, Hamilton: No guarantee I'll stay in F1 next year, Ricciardo surprised Hamilton took part in shoey celebration, Mongolia accuses Verstappen of 'racist and derogatory' remarks, Mercedes wins record seventh consecutive title, Russell vows he will 'never forget' Imola mistake, Alonso names Russell as F1's star of the future, Lewis Hamilton backs OBJ to be an all-time great, F1 drivers in awe of 'incredible' Imola circuit, Racing Point report seven COVID-19 cases so far, Stick with Albon, twist with Perez? However, an FP1 outing has been ruled out. Daniel Ricciardo's podium last time out - his first for the Renault team in almost two seasons of trying - just underlines the genuine progress the team has made in the latter part of the year. Even the competitive fall of Ferrari in 2020 wasn't enough to bring podiums for Renault, it seemed. Watch the 2020 FIA Formula One World Championship™ on KAYO. The double world champion will return to F1 next season with the French marque and successfully tested their 2020 car for the first time at Barcelona on Tuesday. Watch the 2020 FIA Formula One World Championship™ on KAYO. New to Kayo?

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test at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya on Tuesday. Daniel Ricciardo's podium last time out - his first for the Renault team in almost two seasons of trying - just underlines the genuine progress the team has made in the latter part of the year. A breakthrough had definitely been made in the team's understanding of the car. The 39-year-old drove for 100km, the limit in what was designated a promotional and filming day for the team. "At the start, it was much more about the future," he said. (1:36). "It's so much better at putting its power down," he said. Since the upgrade, the car has been showing well on medium downforce tracks too. Towards the end of the British Grand Prix, both Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon were flying, picking off cars as soon as they came upon them, their tyres seemingly in better shape than the cars they were racing against. So we are talking with the FIA about that.". Since the upgrade, the car has been showing well on medium downforce tracks too. He has had moments of promise, and more reliability issues than Ricciardo, and he’s new to the team after a season on the sidelines. He wants to see that there is something that he can grasp. Ricciardo did the rest, qualifying fourth behind the two Mercs and Max Verstappen's Red Bull and finishing there in the race too.

All trademarks, trade names, service marks and logos referenced herein belong to their respective companies. “These are just rewards for the effort and progress Renault have made from a disappointing 2019, and it was great to see the smiles on the faces of my former colleagues under the podium on Sunday. Sep 15, 2020, 12:11 PM Renault is in talks with the FIA to see if it can get permission to run Fernando Alonso in the post-season Abu Dhabi young driver test, Motorsport.com has learned. “As soon as he starts to feel the blood he wants to attack. The French car manufacturer's increased competitiveness this year has led to growing interest from Alonso in the team's progress, and a belief that his return next year could deliver more than originally hoped. Renault R.S.20 Renault DP World F1 Team consists of the Renault R.S.20 chassis, developed and manufactured in Enstone (United Kingdom), whilst the Renault E-Tech 20 power unit is developed in Viry-Châtillon (France). Get your free trial now & start streaming instantly >. Plenty of emotion for Daniel Ricciardo as he finally realised that podium return dream in a first since moving to Renault last year, The old-switchback for the overtaking master pays dividends on the Ferrari, with Ricciardo switching from outside to in on the exit of Turn One and then going the long way around Leclerc through Turn Two.

The possibility seemed very real that Renault might not re-commit the team to F1 after 2021, the end of the current Concorde Agreement. Renault hasn’t finished in the top three of an F1 season since 2007 — the French team is currently six points behind third-placed Racing Point on the constructors’ standings. Renault is targeting a 17-year first in F1 but Daniel Ricciardo’s dramatic resurgence has exposed the French team’s biggest flaw. Not only that, but his setting of the race's fastest lap in the closing stages as he chased down Verstappen underlined again that the car could be coaxed into a very sweet spot of tyre usage. It means that if Renault wants to get the vastly experienced Alonso on board for the test, it will have to get permission from the governing body either to let Alonso in, or change the format of the test. Double world champion tested 2020 car at Barcelona, ‘It felt amazing to drive these cars and feel the speed again’. The 100km test is part of Alonso's preparation for his return next year, when he will take the place of Daniel Ricciardo.

Most encouraging for Renault with their 2020 car is the fact it seems to be flying on all tracks. “They finally look to be making strides towards the front, and this result has been on the cards for some time. News. “In that Styrian Grand Prix where Ocon qualified ahead, it wasn’t long before Ricciardo was crawling over the back of the Frenchman and eventually came through. Every practice, qualifying session and race LIVE. The Australian felt it was the first time he and the team had managed to unlock the car, which he'd all along been convinced had more potential than its 2019 predecessor.

"I wasn't able to maximise the performance of the car because I'm not up to speed yet, but I'm happy with the day.". Things certainly look brighter now at Enstone than at the start of the season when, with the previous technical regime gone, the pressure from the parent company was ramping up. Even the competitive fall of Ferrari in 2020 wasn't enough to bring podiums for Renault, it seemed. Join the conversation, you are commenting as, news.com.au — Australia’s leading news site, Ricciardo has made a triumphant return from the coronavirus lockdown, Get your free trial now & start streaming instantly >. There was a glimmer of hope at Silverstone though. I know what the team is capable of and I know the prospects for the future are good. The McLarens and Racing Points seemed to hold onto a little more of their downforce as the wings were trimmed - and Ricciardo was sixth; respectable, but not the threat he'd been in Belgium. Alonso undertook his first proper F1 test 20 years ago for Benetton in 2000, the team based at Enstone that would evolve into the Renault team of today. “How everything comes so fast, corner after corner, the performance under braking and all the things a Formula One car has to offer. Fernando Alonso drove Renault’s 2020 Formula 1 car in a filming day at Barcelona to step up his preparation for a third stint with the team in 2021. The first Silverstone race was the first time the front of the car was matched up to that improved rear end. Alonso has driven competitively only twice this year, in the Dakar rally and for McLaren at the Indy 500 but the team principal, Cyril Abiteboul, has declared he had no doubts about his new driver’s eagerness to return to the fray.

There, it dropped away from the Racing Points and McLarens it had been matching at Silverstone - but its pace relative to the Mercedes at the front was still much closer than it had been at the start of the year. However, its traits were still that it preferred low downforce tracks, something that was reflected in it dropping off its Silverstone pace when it went to Barcelona. Which puts the team - now committed to the new Concorde Agreement to 2026, like all the others - in a far better place than looked likely at the start of the year. Marko: Renault used 2020 engine in F1 test 22 June 2020 by Leopold Jun.22 - This week, Ferrari and Red Bull will prepare on track for next weekend's return to Formula 1 … The podium is a thing that had to happen. Renault and Daniel Ricciardo: From underachievers to an F1 2020 force Fresh from Ricciardo's deserved third place in Germany, Sky F1's Mark Hughes charts Renault… In an exclusive interview with Motorsport.com, Renault team principal Cyril Abiteboul said that Alonso's hunger had ramped up the team's desire to get him out in its current car. 2020 Constructor Standings: Renault - Formula 1 ... Standings

Mark Hughes The Australian finished in the top five at races in Britain, Belgium, France and Russia, before snaring a highly-anticipated podium at the Eifel Grand Prix on Sunday. The two-time world champion left F1 at the end of 2018 after four disappointing seasons with McLaren. The races didn't go quite so well there a week later for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, but Ricciardo had qualified a very strong fifth. I think it’s going to be like a new beginning.”.

"It's so much better at putting its power down," he said. "Initially it [the approach] was, I drive when I drive," said Abiteboul about Alonso.

On Sunday Renault took their first podium since 2011 with Ricciardo third at the Eifel Grand Prix and have been enjoying a steady improvement all season.



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