Renault were flattered that Ricciardo wasn't allowed to test in Abu Dhabi

23-01-2019 17:33
by Joseph Tyrrell
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Renault were flattered that Ricciardo wasn't allowed to test in Abu Dhabi

Renault F1 team executive Marcin Budkowski has revealed that the team wanted new signing Daniel Ricciardo to drive for the team at post-season testing in Abu Dhabi but Red Bull wouldn’t let him.

Ricciardo will race for the first time at Renault in 2019 following his move from Red Bull following the 2018 season.

Red Bull had wanted to keep the Australian but he now lines up alongside Nico Hulkenberg for Red Bull’s former engine providers.

In an interview with Motorsport.com Budkowski said: “We would have loved him to drive the car in Abu Dhabi but we couldn’t make that happen.

“We’re disappointed that we couldn’t get his feedback on last year’s car because it would have been very useful to us.

“The fact it didn’t happen, without pointing fingers, is quite flattering to us because it means other people are afraid of us and don’t want to give us anything that could be a competitive advantage.”

Ricciardo has won seven Grand Prix’s, two in 2018 and Budkowski believes he’s a born winner.

“He [Ricciardo] is a race winner,” added the team executive.

“He is bringing us an experience that we don’t have in the team today.”

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