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August 4, 2020

Renault DP World F1 Team makes a dramatic finish in 2020 Formula 1 Pirelli British Grand Prix, Sunday.

Renault DP World F1


Renault DP World F1


Photos: 2020 Formula 1 British Grand Prix - RENAULT. Images provided by Renault © XPB / JAMES MOY PHOTOGRAPHY.

Renault DP World F1 Team made a dramatic finish in the Pirelli British Grand Prix with Daniel Ricciardo fourth and Esteban Ocon sixth after a thrilling final few laps at Silverstone.

With the race drawing to a close, the team made a good haul of points with Daniel occupying sixth and Esteban eighth. But debris left on the track in sector two meant Valtteri Bottas and Carlos Sainz picked up punctures allowing both drivers to gain places. Daniel further benefitted after overtaking Lando Norris just before the incidents, before finishing just 1.1seconds from a podium place.

The result matches Daniel’s best finish in Renault colors - fourth in the 2019 Italian Grand Prix - with Esteban claiming his best effort in Formula 1 since the 2018 Italian Grand Prix.

After a lightning start, Daniel gained two positions on the opening lap, progressing from eighth to sixth. Esteban was also out the blocks quickly - side by side with Daniel into the opening two corners - before maintaining ninth place by the end of the first lap.

After an early safety car, both drivers remained out on Soft tires. A second safety car on lap 12 allowed the team to double-stack both cars with Daniel first for Hards and Esteban immediately following suit for the same compound, with minimal time lost courtesy of a slick change from the pit crew. The midfield fight from fifth through to tenth was tight throughout with Daniel and Esteban showing solid race pace and looking set for a solid points haul.

Esteban managed to make his move on Lance Stroll for eighth before benefitting from Bottas and Sainz’s punctures with Daniel diving for a late move on Norris to snatch fourth.

Daniel Ricciardo — started P8, finished P4:
“It was a crazy race at the end, and it feels cool to take fourth place. We made a good start, jumped up to sixth, and we showed a decent pace. At the safety car restart, I was close to Carlos [Sainz] but didn’t have enough, and that allowed Lando [Norris] to have a run on me, and I missed out there. That was a bit frustrating, but it came back to us at the end. The race came alive, and that was good. We had some pace at the end, and I was able to get Lando, and then Carlos had a problem. I saw Charles [Leclerc] getting closer, and maybe with a couple more laps, we could have had a podium! We have another chance next week. Some chaos assisted us, but we were a top-six car today, and that’s pleasing.”

Esteban Ocon — started P9, finished P6:
“I’m delighted with today’s team result. It was enjoyable out there, lots of overtaking, lots of fun battles and a fantastic result to finish it off. I think today shows how fast our car is in the race. It felt awesome today, and it was a strong performance from the team. It’s a credit to everyone at Enstone and Viry for their hard work between Budapest and this race. We had a lot of discussions, and that paid off today. It proves that we need to qualify further up to make our life easier on Sunday. We have another opportunity next week for more.”

Source: Renault

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