Ricciardo's arrival encouraged Renault staff to skip holidays

17-02-2019 09:00 | Updated: 17-02-2019 09:04
by Bobby Vincent
Ricciardo's arrival encouraged Renault staff to skip holidays

Daniel Ricciardo moving from Red Bull Racing to Renault F1 team encouraged the staff on the French team to skip their holidays this time around, according to managing director Cyril Abiteboul.

It was announced during last season's summer break that the Aussie would be teaming up with Renault at the end of the season, and as he prepares for his first season with the French manufacturer, Abiteboul has revealed some staff members cut their Christmas break short by the knowlegde they'd have Ricciardo in 2019.

"If you were standing in our position, and looking at the opportunity of securing Daniel last summer and deciding not do it, what does that mean? It means that you don't believe in yourself," the Renault managing director said, as quoted by RaceFans.

"How do you want me to be standing in front of the factory and trying to motivate everyone and explaining to everyone that we are in line with the plan, but if you have one of the best drivers out there that's available and you don't go for him, what would that mean?

"By default, we could not let that opportunity pass without seizing it. And now, it's just accepting the responsibility that this means for, for me for myself, for Renault, and for the whole team.

"In winter in Viry, we've got the team open on Saturdays, we cancelled holidays. We usually have a factory shut down on week 52 before Christmas because that's the best way to optimise resources. We cancelled that. No one criticised that decision on the basis of the driver that we have."

Ricciardo will team up with Nico Hulkenberg, as Renault prepare to try and get closer and closer to the likes of Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes in just a months time.

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