Daniel Ricciardo says Renault’s recent run of form “doesn’t add up” after the team failed to score points at the Austrian Grand Prix.
The French outfit was hampered by reliability issues at the beginning of the season but, after amending those gremlins, recorded double points finishes in Canada and France, until a penalty lost Ricciardo his points in the latter.
The Australian finished 12th on the road in Austria as the team struggled all weekend to extract performance at the Red Bull Ring, for which Ricciardo admitted he had “no real answers” why they were off the pace.
“I really hope we’re going to find something this week, because it felt like – for example, Le Castellet was a lot windier yet I didn’t really feel affected by the wind, where even today the car felt like there was massive turbulence during the race, in terms of the way it was handling, and the high-speed was very light,” Ricciardo said, as quoted by Motorsport.com.
“So I feel something still wasn’t quite right on the car this weekend, what that is though we still don’t know, but I’d like to believe we’re going to find something, because right now it doesn’t add up.
“So for now I remain optimistic that I’ll be like, ‘that was what was wrong’, and then we’ll be in Silverstone laughing.”
Post-race Ricciardo revealed team-mate Nico Hulkenberg, who finished a position behind in 13th, gave similar feedback after speaking to him.
“It sounds like he struggled with the same things, just a very light car and a light feeling, especially during braking.”
Hulkenberg confirmed the RS19 was subject to handling and braking issues during the race, making the Renault “difficult to control”.
“The conclusion is that nothing really worked today,” he said.
“Some very strange issues, a very square kind of braking which was difficult to control the car at times. Also driving in a straight line the front felt very light and it was getting pushed around as if you were in a tow behind another car.
“It was certainly not easy today, the Alfas in the points were not very far ahead of us but following another car was very tough in those fast corners. We didn’t have enough pace to get by.”