Last year, there was talk that Renault chose the wrong time for a contract with Daniel Riccardo, because that season was one of the most difficult after the return of the factory team to Formula 1. But the head of Renault Cyril Abitebul believes that without the Australian they could not have made progress …
“It was very important for everyone not to engage in such conversations and to show why we did it exactly then,” RaceFans quotes Cyril Abitebula. – Last year we had a bad season. Someone might say that we were in a hurry to sign a contract with Daniel, but not often there is an opportunity to get a good driver. I am still sure that they did the right thing then.
Without Riccardo we would not have achieved this, the fact that we spent last season with him also played a role. We had a very difficult year, but it motivated all of us, first of all me, to decide on the measures that we took. In addition, we were supported by the team at Enstone led by Marcin Budkowski. Now we are in a better situation this year and next, and Daniel got the opportunity to achieve such high results.
Our communication became more intense when we learned that Daniel was going to leave the team. But it seems to me that thanks to his honest, emotional and straightforward position, Daniel was also sincere and real in what he did. “