Jan.30 (GMM) Daniel Ricciardo says Renault needs to “do it better” in 2020.
The Australian switched from top team Red Bull to the French works outfit last year amid fanfare and consternation, and Renault ultimately missed its target of fourth in the constructors’ championship.
Not just that, Renault was only 6 points away from not only losing to McLaren, but also Toro Rosso.
“There was a lot of pressure on Renault,” Ricciardo is quoted by Speed Week.
“If we had lost that fifth place, it would have been a real punch in the stomach.
“It would have meant less prize money and it also would have been bad for motivation. We got away with it but we have to do it better in 2020,” he said.
Spanish publications are speculating that Ricciardo could leave Renault after his contract expires at the end of 2020. Fernando Alonso has been linked with the seat for 2021.
“I always drive hard and fast, but I learned a lot about discipline in 2019,” Ricciardo said.
F1 Changes Starting in 2021 - After many months of discussions and deliberations, Formula 1’s ten teams have now agreed to the terms of the “Concorde Agreement” that binds them to the world championship for another five years.
This agreement is a contract between Formula 1, the FIA governing body and the teams which wish to compete in the F1 World Championship from 2021 to 2025 and defines how F1’s television revenues and prize money will be distributed.
Formula 1 bosses have been keen to build a strong foundation on which to secure the long-term future for the championship. As such a revolutionary new budget cap will be introduced next year, along with new technical regulations and a new set of sporting rules coming in 2022.
The Covid-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for everyone in 2020, and has served as another reminder that something needed to change. Once the championship restarted, so too could the commercial agreement talks.
By changing the way the prize money is distributed, it was inevitable that some teams would be happy – as they would receive a greater share – and others less so, as they would have a smaller slice.
But ultimately, as they have increasingly done in recent months, all the stakeholders found a way to come together and compromise on the document, which they agreed to in time for the early deadline of August 18th – which brought a small financial incentive.
With the 10 teams signed up for the next five years, and the regulations and cost cap defined, Formula 1 can finally embark on a new era. The new agreement also squashes any speculation that teams like Mercedes or Haas might not be around for the long term.
The hope now is that all F1 teams can develop themselves into robust operations financially while also closing the pack in terms of competitiveness that can in turn improve the racing spectacle.
Roll on 2021!