Ricciardo: “We had a refrigeration problem and we had to leave”

Ocon: “Finishing the points is a great result”

A day of ups and downs in the Renault structure. Daniel Ricciardo’s promising starting position ended in disappointment at the Australian’s abandonment after a cooling problem. But on the other side of the box, Esteban Ocon has made his debut for the French team going back to the points to start the season.

Daniel Ricciardo (RET):

“Today was a reminder of what Formula 1 can be like at times, not friendly at all. It’s a shame to leave so soon, but we had a cooling problem and had to take the car off as a precautionary measure to avoid further damage.”

“I think a lot of positive things can be brought out of the weekend. Our low-fuel beat seemed solid and we know we have a little to learn about the high-fuel beat. We can get a lot out of it and it’s good that we have another chance next time. weekend. Let’s learn and move forward. ”

Stephen Ocon (8th):

“I was delighted to return to racing today. Finishing in the points is a great result, especially since I am a little rusty. I am satisfied with how the race went, but we know we must do better in qualifying. Our pace has been good, and I am happy with how the car has gone. We will review the race to improve for next weekend and I am looking forward to racing again. ”

Cyril Abiteboul, team leader:

“It’s great to be able to compete again. It was a typical first season race, with many things happening and with great rewards just for finishing the race. We couldn’t do it with Daniel and we had to leave as a precaution due to a cooling problem. Esteban He did a great job in a solid racing revival for him. ”

“The other positive part is that we have performed well on a circuit where we have done very poorly in the past, although we must also focus on negative aspects such as reliability.”

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