Daniel Ricciardo is moving fast with Renault. They had several initial problems with the car, but they are fast learners. With Alonso set to return, the team is definitely on the roll. Amidst all, Ricciardo recalls his time with his previous teammate Nico Hulkenberg, another formidable german on the grid.
Renault relieved Hulkenberg of his seat to accommodate Esteban Ocon earlier. A Frenchman in place of a german. However, the European gamble may not have worked out for the French constructors. Ocon took a lot of time to settle in the car, and that may have cost the team many valuable points, However, Daniel recalls Hulkenberg to be something else.
“Only in public” replied Ricciardo, whem asked if Hulkenberg was underestimated.
“We drivers know exactly how good he is. In the beginning at Renault, he was faster than me, no question. But once I got used to the new team, I was able to challenge him. But it was clear to me from the start that it wouldn’t be easy for me,” expressed the Aussie to the F1 insider.
Hulkenberg was back on the track with Racing Point this year once Perez tested COVID positive. Racing with Lance Stroll, Hulkenberg grabbed P13 on the grid. For a racer who has been out of the grid for 6 months, that is huge. He had high hopes resting on his shoulders for the race. Unfortunately, the power unit messed his race and the german couldn’t even start his first race back in F1.
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Daniel Ricciardo had a tough time catching Nico Hulkenberg
Daniel Ricciardo is one of the best on the grid. Honestly, we have seen him at Red Bull giving the Ferrari and Silver Arrows a tough time. When a racer of his class tells you fast, you ought to do something right. To complement further, they may underestimate Hulkenberg, but the racers know his class.
“He was very technical and very fast. But he was also much more relaxed than I thought. He is also German. He only spent the necessary time in the paddock and never stayed longer than necessary.” commented the Renault main man.
The greats know it, when to act, and when to lean back and rest. Honestly, Hulkenberg may look forward to coming back to F1. The conditions may be perfect with the new regulations. No monopoly over the podiums and a better and healthier race.
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