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Ricciardo: Too early to predict midfield

  • Published on 27 Feb 2019 20:33
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  • By: Richard Fletcher

Daniel Ricciardo has predicted the top three teams will remain unchanged but that the midfield battle will be too close to call. He said there is no "hard evidence" that Renault will remain in fourth as best of the rest but he believes they are closing up on the leaders. 

Renault is aiming for podiums this season and there are some signs that the midfield has closed up to the front. However, Ricciardo says that we won't be sure about where the French team stands until qualifying in Australia.

"Our objective first and foremost is to be fourth or better, but it is really trying to hone in on the gap to the top three. As you know it's big so it's not going to happen overnight. But absolutely the target this year is to close it in and try to develop the car."

Ricciardo also says that it will be hard to rule out any of the teams behind as a rival for fourth place: He pointed out that the track had very different results across the day as it warmed which made direct comparisons almost impossible.

"Because we are not all out at the same time with the same fuel loads, if someone does a time at 10 am, then by 11 am it can be completely different. Realistically we are not going to know until qualifying in Melbourne when everyone has the same fuel, same tyres, same track conditions."

Even Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has admitted that he is wary of some midfield this year and when he was asked about who he saw as possible rivals, he replied by saying that he sees everybody. 

"The could be Red Bull, for sure. It has the resource to be competitive, Ferrari has just got stronger and stronger and stronger. The Renault was the quickest team on the last few days. Toro Rosso was unbelievable. Alfa Romeo was very good."

In a manner similar to Ricciardo, Wolff finished by saying: "So all of them, there could be a situation where we all very close together and there could be surprises."

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  • It seems from outside that it may be true that the midfield is going to be closer but when Toto makes comments like that it seems he is pretty confident and that they aren't really concerned about the midfield.

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    • Feb 27 2019 - 21:49
    • MrN_71

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      Wolff, makes a lot of comments about all but them selves.

      But the main question this spring are BREXIT. If England leaves EU with a hard Brexit wich i hope they get, cause you cant have EU benefits without pay the membership. The F1 teams located in England will suffer. probably we will see a move from Mercedes and Renault to Germany and France so they can work with out tariffs and visas when order parts and material for their cars and when transport to other countries.

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      • Feb 28 2019 - 09:07
    • They won't be getting all of the benefits regardless, which is why the negotiations are taking time. Neither side want to accept the suggestions the other side bring forward. It's a case of two entities of sniveling obedience and megalomaniacal power trying to cooperate and screw over each other at once. I don't want a hard Brexit, considering how bad that'd be for all parties involved, including F1 teams (the majority of the F1 industry, including 3rd party parts suppliers reside there), but we will have to see. We'll get what we'll get. Unless May postpones it indefinitely, that is.

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      • Feb 28 2019 - 18:32

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