After a disappointing start to 2019, Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo is hoping to kick-start his season at this week’s Bahrain Grand Prix. The Australian, who moved to Renault from Red Bull ahead of the new season, endured a disappointing start to his career with the French team after being forced to retire from his home Grand Prix in Melbourne earlier this month.
The 29-year-old has recharged his batteries since that disappointment and he is now hoping he can produce a much better showing at Bahrain International Circuit this weekend. “I’ve had a bit of rest and recovery between these two race weekends, so I head to Bahrain feeling recharged. It’s a circuit I’ve always enjoyed racing at,” Ricciardo was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
The former Toro Rosso driver’s team-mate Nico Hulkenberg did finish amongst the points in Australia, as he claimed seventh-place, but both drivers struggled during qualifying and Ricciardo knows that is another area that Renault must improve on in Bahrain.
He added: “Hopefully we can be in amongst it this weekend, but first we need to ensure we’re quick in qualifying and be at the top end of the midfield.” Ricciardo’s record in Sakhir is somewhat mixed, with his best performance coming in 2014 when he finished fourth, but last season he was forced to retire after just one lap of the race due to an electronics problem.