According to the Australian rider the gap from the first three teams, it is still wide
Renault has to accelerate the development time of its car if it wants to fight for the podium, but slowly his stable improvement can approach the podium area and be there with Ferrari, Red Bull and Mercedes.
This is what Ricciardo thinks about the actual situation of his team:
Our main goal is to fight for the fourth place or even better, but the gap with the first three is still wide and certainly does not shrink from today to tomorrow.
We have to understand in which direction to move and implement the changes as soon as possibleDaniel Ricciardo Renault F1 Team
Ricciardo, therefore, does not yet know at what level Renault will be for the first race of this year, in Melbourne:
It is impossible to predict something, we still have to work on many things.
We are already making progress, but the bigger steps will be done as we go to race in our first GP.
For the Australian GP I can only say it is my home and I ca not wait to run thereDaniel Ricciardo Renault F1 Team
Renault is focused to understand what is the real performance of one of his opponent: McLaren. Right now, Renault and McLaren are the only teams without a satellite team on the grid.
In fact, they are the only teams that walk alone in the F1, without team B as has Ferrari with Haas and Alfa Romeo, Mercedes with Williams and Racing Point and Red bull with Toro Rosso. By equipment B we mean a team getting a supply of engines, electronics, spare components (also during the tests), even pilots and personnel.
Soon you will not be able to win if you do not have a team B. Before to beat Ferrari, it is necessary to beat Haas. This situation is very serious and will not stop with a budget ceiling in 2021 .
McLaren is only a client of Renault, since it has its engine, but there ends the agreement between both, and the responsible of the team Gaul, Cyril Abiteboul, doubt that it changes the situation, like to make that those of Woking are their team B:
We are equal teams. Who would be the king and who was the slave ?
Maybe, we will talk to McLaren sometime, but this alliance would never be like Ferrari and Haas, Mercedes with Racing Point or Red bull with Toro Rosso
Cyril Abiteboul team principal Renault F1 team
Haas changed the F1, possibly forever. Ten teams have become four or five making this F1 radically different from the past, the Renault team principal thinks this:
It is a crazy war race, especially between Ferrari and Mercedes. Our plan was to operate at the level of the top teams, but they have grown almost at double our pace, with figures so crazy that we can not or want to follow.
Haas created a precedent and it is hard to get back to the situation before now.
For me, there is an earlier era of Haas and a later one.
He changed the F1, possibly forever. Ten teams have become four or five. Soon you will not be able to win if you do not have a B team. Before I beat Ferrari, I gotta beat Haas.
This situation is very serious and we will not stop with a budget ceiling in 2021, on the contrary, if you have less money and resources, a team a can concentrate on the aerodynamics and the other B, on the chassis.
It will make the alliances fantastic.
If you are isolated like us, you do not have a choiceCyril Abiteboul team principal Renault F1 team