user icon

Renault 2019 F1 car has 'similar problems' to 2018 - Hulkenberg

  • Published on 09 Apr 2019 10:16
  • comments 0
  • By: Harry Mattocks

According to Nico Hulkenberg, Renault has "similar problems" with their 2019 car's characteristics as those they suffered from in 2018. 

Hulkenberg has been with the team since 2017, and they have steadily improved in terms of their constructors' championship position, after securing fourth place last season. 

However, they have not had a good start to the year, not being able to close the gap to the top three teams, and have also failed to maintain their 'best of the rest' position from last season.

A good result saw them Hulkenberg finish seventh in Australia, but then poor reliability led to a double-DNF last time out in Bahrain. 

When asked if Renault had improved in key areas this season, Hulkenberg replied: "We have improved on a couple of things and definitely I think the engine side has improved quite a lot over the winter.

"Obviously [in Bahrain qualifying] we had a problem related with that, but I think that was a special case. The engine side has improved a lot.

"I think car and chassis aero-wise, we worked over the winter but we still have similar problems. So I feel there is where we really need to focus and come up with something better."

In comparison to Hulkenberg, new Renault recruit Daniel Ricciardo has struggled to get used to his RS19, enduring a tough start to the season.

This is why many believe the German driver is currently a better reference to Renault than the ex-Red Bull driver: "We've worked on the ride over the winter too," he said.

"Obviously I think he [Ricciardo] comes from a spoilt car, so he has to reset a little bit and the references are a bit different.

"But it's good to have that kind of feedback. This is what it takes to be a top car so it's valuable and good assurance for the team that that's what we need to do."


Replies (0)

Login to reply

Related news



BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

  • Friday weather-image

    Saturday weather-image

    Sunday weather-image

  • Free practice 1

    11:40 - 13:10

    Free practice 3

    13:10 - 14:10

    Race

    15:10 - 17:10

  • Free practice 2

    15:40 - 17:10

    Qualifying

    16:10 - 17:10

    Fastest lap

     

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

  • Fridayweather-image

  • Free practice 1

    11:40 - 13:10

    Free practice 2

    15:40 - 17:10

  • Saturdayweather-image

  • Free practice 3

    13:10 - 14:10

    Qualifying

    16:10 - 17:10

  • Sunday weather-image

  • Race

    15:10 - 17:10

    Fastest lap

    15:10 - 15:10



Test calendar

Circuit de Catalunya - Testing

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Was Red Bull right to promote Alexander Albon?


World Championship standings 2019

Show full world champion standings

Driver profile

  • Team Renault
  • Points 259
  • Podiums 0
  • Grand Prix 93
  • Country Germany
  • Date of b. Aug 19 1987 (32)
  • Place of b. Emmerich am Rhein, Germany
  • Weight 70 kg
  • Length 1.84 m
Show full profile


Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2019

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Spain
-
Spain
15 - Mar 17
Australia
29 - Mar 31
Bahrain
-
Bahrain
12 - Apr 14
China
26 - Apr 28
Azerbaijan
10 - May 12
Spain
-
Spain
23 - May 26
Monaco
7 - Jun 9
Canada
21 - Jun 23
France
28 - Jun 30
Austria
12 - Jul 14
United Kingdom
26 - Jul 28
Germany
2 - Aug 4
Hungary
30 - Sep 1
Belgium
6 - Sep 8
Italy
20 - Sep 22
Singapore
27 - Sep 29
Russian
11 - Oct 13
Japan
25 - Oct 27
Mexico
1 - Nov 3
United States of America
15 - Nov 17
Brazil
29 - Dec 1
United Arab Emirates
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2019

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
15 - Mar 17
Australia Albert Park
29 - Mar 31
12 - Apr 14
26 - Apr 28
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
10 - May 12
23 - May 26
Monaco Monte Carlo
7 - Jun 9
21 - Jun 23
France Paul Ricard
28 - Jun 30
Austria Red Bull Ring
12 - Jul 14
United Kingdom Silverstone
26 - Jul 28
Germany Hockenheimring
2 - Aug 4
Hungary Hungaroring
30 - Sep 1
6 - Sep 8
Italy Monza
20 - Sep 22
27 - Sep 29
Russian Sochi Autodrom
11 - Oct 13
25 - Oct 27
1 - Nov 3
United States of America Circuit of the Americas
15 - Nov 17
Brazil Interlagos
29 - Dec 1
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule
show sidebar