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Re: Ricciardo masterstroke
Posted by: SydneyF1Fan
Date: 11/06/2019 04:41
Starting 4th and finishing 6th. It would be a proper result for Ricciardo if only Hulk wasn't told to back off and stay behind Ricciardo.
What a farce that was. Solid result for Renno. But painful to the ozman.

I'm not a fan of team orders either, but understandable that Renault would want to bag some team points after such a lukewarm start to the season.

Also, Renault probably would have needed team orders for them to switch places too, based on Dan's feisty (albeit ultimately futile) defence of Bottas beforehand, which killed his tyres. (It was fun watching Dan mess with Bottas' head again though!)

Dan probably only needed to hold off Nico for a few more laps before Nico's tyres went off too, so a high risk of loss of solid team points to let them fight, plus unnecessary wear on fragile engines.

Gasly still has some explaining to do. Could Kvyat get yet another chance in the "A" team?

Interesting that Max said he would have ended 5th even if he'd started 3rd. He certainly drove the wheels off the RBR, but was still only just on the lead lap. The top speed of the RBR around 1kph higher than the Renault but still 2kph off the Mercs/Ferrari's and can't match the lap times either. So from that perspective, not so much of a missed opportunity by Dan at this stage while his bank account tops up handsomely with Renault Euros. If he can keep up his quali performances and put up some good fights in the top 8, he should keep his stocks high in the market.

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