Because of the choice technique, Daniel Riccardo performed 5 positions throughout the race in Abu Dhabi, and doesn’t discover it boring. Nonetheless, he steered altering the configuration of the observe to make the struggle extra spectacular.
Q: You gained seventh place and earned an additional level for the quickest lap. Is it nice to complete the work with the workforce with such a outcome?
Daniel Riccardo: It is nice to achieve success within the final race of the season and be performed with the workforce there. Good level. Racing in Abu Dhabi isn’t all the time enjoyable, however I did my finest.
I appreciated the habits of the automobile on Exhausting tires, I drove an extended part on this rubber. On the penultimate lap, I ought to have proven a wonderful time, however I used to be mistaken within the final nook. Then I made a decision to recoup on the final lap – it was an incredible final lap in Renault. It is good that he was the very best within the race – it is nice that that is how I parted with the workforce.
Q: What feelings do you expertise after the final race with the workforce?
Daniel Riccardo: I really feel happy. I assumed, “That is all.” Regardless of the quick season, the yr was very chaotic. However we did an incredible job. I’m happy with the progress – each mine and the workforce. Now we’re in fifth place within the Constructors’ Championship. There are not any awards for this, however such a outcome speaks volumes about what we have now achieved this yr.
Q: Do you agree that it’s obligatory to alter the configuration of the observe in Abu Dhabi to make racing in such a stupendous setting extra attention-grabbing?
Daniel Riccardo: I used to be motivated by the thought that I had an incredible tempo, that I used to be creating a niche. It was like an endurance check that I needed to cross. That’s the reason the race appeared attention-grabbing to me, though I had nearly no fights with rivals.
It’s a pity that the Grand Prix was boring. I don’t wish to criticize Abu Dhabi, as a result of it’s so stunning right here, I wish to come right here repeatedly. It could be price experimenting with completely different configuration choices, as it’s doable. Sadly, racing will be boring right here.
Query: Seventh place – the utmost outcome after ranging from eleventh place? What’s the distinction between Exhausting and Medium tires? On harder tires, the tempo of the automobile was even larger …
Daniel Riccardo: In my view, seventh place is our most in Abu Dhabi. If not for the security automobile, I may put extra stress on McLaren – they performed the time due to a pit cease throughout the security automobile. Maybe on the finish of the race I may get nearer to them.
I had an incredible tempo on the Exhausting tires – the automobile was very quick. The Medium had good velocity, however I used to be driving alone. I obtained forward of Gasley, and each McLaren drivers had been driving at a excessive tempo and fairly far, so I may hardly do something. I attacked just a few laps after which determined to let the tires get better. I do not assume the machine was too sluggish on Medium. However the Exhausting tires labored nice.