In the fourth year of the five-year plan for Renault with the presentation of the new R. S. 19 claims, the top teams beating up and sets for the first time, two absolute top riders. “I don’t think we have one of the strongest if not the strongest driver pairing in the field”, saving Renault managing Director Cyril Abiteboul laurels with advance for Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg. “The additional Momentum that we gain through the partnership of Daniel and Nico, gives us Confidence for the season.”

However, Abiteboul goes too far when he suggests that his drivers are better than the Mercedes, Ferrari or Red Bull? If we take the year-on-year as a gauge, then with security, but in 2019 it can be seen in all three Teams with a clear distribution of roles: Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Max verse recognized sizes are groping, while Valtteri Bottas, Charles Leclerc and Pierre Gasly have not yet proved that they belong to the absolute world top.

That’s true – at least in terms of the results – also for Hulkenberg, who never stood on the podium, but the former Le Mans winner enjoys in formula 1, especially in Qualifying since years an excellent reputation. “Daniel provides us with the experience of a Race and the Know-how of the top teams, while Nico is hungry,” describes Abiteboul be Duo. Hulkenberg was underestimated “extreme, fast, determined and a real Motivator.”

technology-in-chief Chester encouraged: New Duo gives similar Feedback

Hulkenberg and Ricciardo are complement each other “perfectly,” Abiteboul convinced. Even now, the energy to bring the two to the Team was, “really noticeable. Hopefully, we can provide you with a car, you can reveal their talents.”

This will also depend on whether or not the two at the time of the vote similar preferences. The Chassis-Responsible Nick Chester is good things: “Daniel is very open, and his initial Feedback is very similar to that of Nico. And the closer they are to each other, the easier it is to develop the car.”

praise for Hülkenberg

As Chester can see where Ricciardo at the Abu Dhabi Test after the season finale of 2018, Red Bull not release and still no Meter in a Renault car clocked up? Through the virtual rounds of “Aussie” has already completed in the Renault Simulator in Enstone.

with regard to cooperation, is Chester with two pilots satisfied: “With Nico, you can work very well, because he makes clear statements, what he wants from the car. He knows the solutions we can offer him, so he is faster. So, we have an incredibly strong driver pairing. Both are fast, work hard and give great Feedback.”

This article was written by Sven Haidinger

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