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Hulkenberg: Something had to give at Renault

  • Published on 12 Sep 2019 13:10
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Nico Hulkenberg believes that something had to change at Renault amid a difficult 2019 season for the Enstone squad.

Prior to the Belgian Grand Prix last month, Renault announced that Hulkenberg would leave the team, with former Force India driver Esteban Ocon stepping in to replace him.

The 2019 campaign has been a difficult one for Renault, as it aimed to continue on the growth it displayed in 2017 and 2018.

However, it has often found itself competing behind other midfield teams, leading Hulkenberg to believe that something had to change within the team going forward.

"I think we were more or less in agreement," Hulkenberg said of what he and Renault wanted, "but different drivers at different stages of their careers, there are different commercial things.

"There is also obviously the nationality factor here, and some other factors like the state of their career, so it's a bunch of things. 

"And then again the difficult season that we're facing probably tipped it over the edge a little bit. Things are connected.

"I've been here three years now, '17 was good progress, '18 was still good. This year we've had a tough year and with the difficult year that we're having, there is some wish for change, something had to give.

"That contributes to that and probably leads to this decision. It's a pity that we can't continue, because this year we wanted to make a step forward, but couldn't really get it."

Hulkenberg matched his best result for Renault last time out at the Italian Grand Prix, crossing the line in fifth place behind teammate Daniel Ricciardo.

The strong weekend sees Renault move ahead of Toro Rosso for fifth in the championship standings, 18 points down on fourth-placed McLaren.

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  • will be interesting to see how ocon does against ricciardo

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    • Sep 12 2019 - 15:50
    • I truly predict that Ocon will be trounced by Ric. I just haven't seen anything from him to suggest otherwise?

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      • Sep 12 2019 - 22:04
    • Manto02

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      No problem, when ricciardo will beat him, he'll smash him into the wall like with Perez

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      • Sep 13 2019 - 10:20
  • They needed someone to blame their issues on, and Hulk, the driver what brought them through their first rough period and whom they praised to high heavens up until this year, was apparently the one they chose to throw under the bus, and in a very ugly way at that. Seriously, the way they ditch him was on par with a RB toss. Say Renault, when there are clear flaws in the team as a whole, why not pick a practice from Nintendo, and start from the top. Heads need to roll.

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    • Sep 12 2019 - 18:13
  • It sounds like a pretty level headed attitude. Something did have to change and he really didn't seem to be too negative. Criticism is needed where it's due, and he probably had/has a bit of bad taste in his mouth seeing Danny Ric getting a huge long term contract. I really hope something works out well for him, maybe even in another series where he can get a solid car and team support.

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    • Sep 13 2019 - 01:15
    • What is this negativity people tLk about? If it was internal with the team sure, but when has Nico been negative or pessimistic about Renault in public? I just don't recall seeing it

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      • Sep 13 2019 - 15:37
    • He has been critical on some aspects, but this negativity Abiteboullshit and Prost has been spluttering out of their drooling mouths has been more or less nonexistent. I'd understand vitriol or spite, but criticism and comments on what needs to be improved is healthy.

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      • Sep 14 2019 - 00:52

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