F1 news 2020: Turkish Grand Prix results, Daniel Ricciardo collision, Renault, Esteban Ocon, constructors championship


Renault’s charge towards third place in the championship took a huge hit on Sunday at the Turkish Grand Prix.

Daniel Ricciardo made a strong start from fifth on the grid but an unfortunate collision with teammate Esteban Ocon on the first corner sent him crashing to a 10th place finish.

Neither could recover from the setback and Renault’s chances of recording third spot in the Constructors’ Championship.

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Renault, Daniel Ricciardo, Esteban Ocon, biggest flaw, embarrassing


Despite some “moments of promise”, the dramatic resurgence of Daniel Ricciardo has exposed Renault teammate Esteban Ocon, according to former F1 driver Jolyon Palmer.

After a disappointing 2019 season, Ricciardo has made a triumphant return from the coronavirus lockdown. 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.

It was Renault’s first podium finish in the F1 since 2011.

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On the F1 drivers’ standings, Ricciardo sits ahead of all Ferrari and Racing Point drivers in fourth position, one spot behind former Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen, with Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas leading the way.

However, Ocon hasn’t enjoyed the same level of success — the French driver has cracked the top five just once this year, and he currently sits in 12th position with 36 points.

In his maiden season with Renault, Ocon has out-qualified Ricciardo just once, during a wet session at the Styrian Grand Prix back in July.

Although Ocon has by no means struggled in the F1 this year, Palmer believes the 24-year-old isn’t “stacking up well” against his Australian counterpart.

“As for Ricciardo, he has been brilliant in 2020 and is making Ocon look quite average right now on his return to a full-time drive,” Palmer said on BBC Sport.

“Ocon is a young driver of good potential — and showed it alongside Sergio Perez at Force India in 2017 and 2018 — but he simply isn’t stacking up well against Ricciardo, which is a mark of how consistently well the Australian is performing this season.

“Although he was only a fraction behind Ricciardo in qualifying at the Nurburgring, Ocon carries close to a 0.2 second deficit on average over the season so far.

“But it’s actually the races where the difference is bigger.

“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. And in Sochi, the race before Nurburgring, Ricciardo passed Ocon after a poor start, and eventually pulled ahead by a full 26 seconds.

“It’s not to say Ocon’s been particularly poor. 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.

“But I’m sure even Renault will be surprised at how Ricciardo is outperforming their new signing. He’s in the best form he’s been in for a while, and this year he can actually finish in a higher championship position than he managed in his final two seasons at Red Bull.”

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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.

“Overall this year, Renault are bang on their usual batting average, in fifth place out of the 10 teams in the standings with six races to go,” Palmer said.

“But actually there are now signs of real progress, and they have more than just a trophy and some champagne to celebrate after Ricciardo’s result on Sunday.

“They finally look to be making strides towards the front, and this result has been on the cards for some time. Since bringing upgrades to the car at Silverstone, Ricciardo has been a second-row qualifier, and a fastest lap setter in addition to those three fourth places.

“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.

“This feels like an opportunity for the team to move forward, rather than rest on the laurels of a breakthrough podium.

“Esteban Ocon, Ricciardo’s young teammate, has had a few reliability woes so far, but Renault will be hoping he can find a bit more form as well to match Ricciardo and add more points to Renault’s championship aspirations.”

Palmer represented Renault in the F1 for two seasons in 2016 and 2017, where he racked up nine career points.

The Portuguese Grand Prix will commence on Monday morning AEDT, with lights out scheduled for 12:10am.



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Daniel Ricciardo, Renault, car modifications, Esteban Ocon


Daniel Ricciardo’s move to Renault is finally paying dividends, with the French team in contention for a top-three spot in the F1 constructors’ standings.

After winning seven grands prix with Red Bull, Ricciardo made the bold decision to switch teams in 2018, signing with Renault on a two-year deal.

The Australian driver endured a horrific start to his stint in black and yellow — Ricciardo did not secure a single podium finish during a forgettable 2019 season, where he finished ninth in the drivers’ standings.

But things took a turn for Ricciardo and Renault after the coronavirus lockdown, during which the 31-year-old announced he would join McLaren in 2021.

Ricciardo finished in the top five during races in Britain, Belgium, France and Russia, before snaring a highly-anticipated podium at the Eifel Grand Prix on Sunday.

The West Australian now finds himself ahead of the Ferrari and Racing Point drivers, sitting comfortably in fourth position, one spot behind former Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen.

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Although Renault’s Esteban Ocon hasn’t enjoyed the same level of success, the French team — which hasn’t finished in the top three since 2007 — is only six points behind third-placed Racing Point.

Ahead of next weekend’s Portuguese Grand Prix, Ricciardo attributed Renault’s new-found success to car modifications.

“From the start of the year, it’s been a new car from last year in terms of it’s been a lot better,” Ricciardo said, as reported by motorsport.com.

“The rear of the car has picked up a lot of downforce, so that’s given us drivers confidence to nail the throttle and get off the corner better.

“It was around Silverstone, I think, we had a few updates and that really just felt like we were able to basically find a bit more ease in setting the car up and it wasn’t so hit-or-miss.

“Last year I felt we, at times, could be very fast or well outside the top 10. I think now we’re just able to sit in that sweet spot and obviously the performance is there.

“It’s proven now; we’ve done it on low downforce and high downforce circuits. So, yeah, I think it’s a good package and we should have confidence now for the remainder of the season.”

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Ocon is currently 12th in the drivers’ standings with 36 points, but sits ahead of four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel.

The French driver believes Renault is now capable of registering strong results on any circuit in the calendar.

“It’s definitely giving us great confidence because, as you know, we were struggling in Barcelona and Budapest, on those high downforce settings,” Ocon said.

“We were back on those for the Nurburgring, and the car has been feeling great and feeling strong.

“It’s giving us great hope and obviously great confidence to continue the season like that.”

The Portuguese Grand Prix will commence on Monday morning AEDT, with lights out scheduled for 12:10am.



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Daniel Ricciardo ‘irony’, 2013 finish, Esteban Ocon Renault qualifying, Eifel Grand Prix, Valtteri Bottas


The Eifel Grand Prix at Nurburgring has continued to follow the script with another front row lockout for Mercedes with Valtteri Bottas starting from the pole.

It continues a strong run of form for Bottas, who won the last start at the Russian Grand Prix, with Lewis Hamilton in second and Red Bull‘s Max Verstappen in third.

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Aussie Daniel Ricciardo was consistent in his performance with his final flying lap pushing him to fourth before he was pushed back down to sixth, the same position he was the last time the F1 raced at Nurburgring in 2013.

He is one of eight drivers who have raced at the track before with Hamilton, Bottas, Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen, Romain Grosjean, Sergio Perez, and Racing Point substitute Nico Hulkenberg also bringing previous experience.

However he‘ll be hoping for a better result than last time, where he finished 12th while driving for Toro Rosso.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Ricciardo said he was just reminded of his last performance at the track.

“I was just told that, the irony is I do remember my last sector and it was really good back then,” he said.

“That was actually my worst sector today. So getting slower with age but that‘s alright, I’ll figure it out tomorrow.”

Ricciardo has said he felt he had a chance to claim the elusive podium at Nurburgring with the cold conditions different to what the F1 is usually used to in October.

It was hardly the most important hunt for pole with the pole sitter winning just three races at the track in the 18 Grands Prix since 1984.

But Ricciardo was a picture of consistency, fifth after Q1 behind Max Verstappen, the Mercedes‘ and McLaren’s Lando Norris in fourth before switching from medium tyres to soft tyres and going fourth fastest in Q2 behind Verstappen and the Mercedes’.

In Q3, Ricciardo had a horrible first lap and was sitting back in tenth after drifting wide on the track, costing him valuable time and more the two seconds behind Max Verstappen in provisional pole.

His flying lap redeemed him however, finishing sixth and will line up next to Red Bull‘s Alexander Albon.

Ricciardo said he had trouble holding on to the front end early in qualifying.

“Q2 I got the balance right and Q3 I just broke too early and thought I‘d get a good exit, but I just lost too much,” he said.

“Probably a little cautious but looking at the times, we didn‘t have two tenths in it for P4 or 5, so I don’t think it changed the pecking order but personally I left a little bit on the table there.”

Ricciardo once again out performed teammate Esteban Ocon by just 0.019 seconds.

But it‘s the 10th time in 11 qualifying sessions this season the Aussie has claimed the wood on the 24-year-old Frenchman.

Ocon said the team was “pretty pleased” with the qualifying result and was asked if he feels like he can close the gap to Ricciardo.

“He‘s a very good benchmark, I feel that sometimes we didn’t put everything together, but today it was more on my side,” he said.

“I feel like there was a bit left on the table, but it‘s good that we are close together this race. It’s been quite a couple of events that this has been the case so I’m pretty pleased.”

It was a difficult day for Racing Point with Lance Stroll unwell and unable to make the event with former Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg again returning behind the wheel.

He drove in the place of Sergio Perez earlier in the season when the Mexican was sidelined for two weeks with COVID-19.

Unfortunately he will start in 20th, having had to jump in and qualify, after he was unable to attend practice three, even though there has only been an hour of practice across the weekend so far for the Eifel Grand Prix following wet and wild weather.

However, Alfa Romeo‘s Antonio Giovinazzi was able to get out of Q1 for the first time this season and he will start from 14th on the grid.

EIFEL GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING RESULTS

Row 1: Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes – Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

Row 2: Max Verstappen, Red Bull – Charles Leclerc, Ferrari

Row 3: Alexander Albon, Red Bull – Daniel Ricciardo, Renault

Row 4: Esteban Ocon, Renault – Lando Norris, McLaren

Row 5: Sergio Perez, Racing Point – Carlos Sainz, McLaren

Row 6: Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari – Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri

Row 7: Daniil Kvyat, AlphaTauri – Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo

Row 8: Kevin Magnussen, Haas – Romain Grosjean, Haas

Row 9: George Russell, Williams – Nicholas Latifi, Williams

Row 10: Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo – Nico Hulkenberg, Racing Point



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