The delayed start of the 2020 Formula 1 season with the first of two back-to-back races at the Red Bull Ring brought disappointment for Renault DP World F1 Team‘s Daniel Ricciardo as he was forced to retire due to a problem with the cooling system on his car, in an attempt to try and prevent future damage occurring.
The Australian started well in tenth position, and was fighting for points, before his race came to an abrupt end on lap 17.
“Today was a reminder of what Formula 1 can be like and, sometimes, it’s unkind. It’s a shame to retire early, but we had a cooling issue and we had to retire the car as a precaution before we did any further damage,” said the Australian.
Putting aside the disappoint in having to retire the car, Ricciardo still thinks there are many positives he and the team can take from the weekend, as the race showed they have good pace when running with low fuel, also demonstrating the need to improve when they are running with a high fuel load. He is confident they will be able to learn lessons and make the required improvements in time for their return to the circuit next weekend.
“I think there are a lot of positives from the weekend. Our low fuel pace looked strong and we know we have a little bit to learn on high fuel. We can take a lot from it and it’s good we have another chance next weekend. We’ll learn and move forwards,” he concluded.
With the first race over the season over, Ricciardo will be hopeful his side of the garage will be able to turn their fortunes around and bring home a result when they return to the track this time next week for the Styrian Grand Prix.