Ricciardo hopes the World Championship will start in July
Difficult times in the Formula One World Championship. The organization had to stop the start of the championship just a few hours before the first session of the Australian Grand Prix weekend as a result of the outbreak of the corona virus in several countries and the arrival of the virus to several teams in the world championship. This situation surprised the community that makes up the World Cup and the fans, who saw how the opening of the doors took a long time to be carried out while the organization still did not communicate that it was finally happening. That was not the only cancellation, since the Monaco Grand Prix was cancelled and Netherlands, China, Bahrain and Spain have been postponed and are looking for a new date, making the championship at best start in June. In an interview with TalkSport, Daniel Ricciardo commented that the situation in Australia will never be forgotten but he was aware from the first moment of the seriousness of the situation:
It was strange to be there, and even on Thursday, I was preparing to compete that weekend.
But I was never sure it was going to happen.
I knew there was a small risk that everything could be cancelled at the last minute. The bomb for me was really when I went to bed on Thursday night, and just before I went to sleep I saw that McLaren had withdrawn from the race, because of the case within his teamDaniel Ricciardo Formula 1 Pilot
The Renault driver has admitted that he is still surprised by the magnitude of what happened during the corona virus pandemic and wants to send a message of unity to all countries by reminding them that right now the fight is against the virus:
Then I stayed up probably for another three hours trying to get a little more information, but I knew we were not going to compete without a full grill.
From the teams’ point of view, there is still the question of when we will get going. What I see on the news is that most places have taken the measures they need, with roadblocks and not leaving their house, so I feel that the sooner everyone starts to contain it, that should be the right direction to finally say goodbye to this virusDaniel Ricciardo Formula 1 Pilot
The Australian pilot believes that the sooner countries act against the corona virus the better, as they will be able to start the World Cup as soon as possible. However, he pointed out that it was essential that the first race was played with all the cars on the grid. For this reason, he assures that he respects the decision taken and that at this moment the most important thing is health:
That gives me the confidence that sooner or later we will see the world championship start, but for now, from a racing point of view, I just want to compete.
To be honest, I was not comfortable with that anymore. I thought: look, this is the first race of the season, either we are all in it or we are notDaniel Ricciardo Formula 1 Pilot
Start for July
At Renault they are already assessing when the Formula 1 World Cup could start. According to Ricciardo, the start of the desired championship would be in Canada, a cup that he likes:
I love Montreal as a city and a circuit; it is one of my favorite Grand Prix. So, if we could start there, that would make my day…Daniel Ricciardo Formula 1 Pilot
Finally, the team is in constant contact and there is no one infected at the moment:
I have kept in touch with the team and we are just trying to figure out what is going on. I am also aware that no one really has this virus yet. We are predicting that maybe in July we will start, but really, who knows ?Daniel Ricciardo Formula 1 Pilot
Doornbos, on the uncertain future of Daniel Ricciardo:
Will you continue in Renault or leave? It is a good question but I do not have the answer, yet !Daniel Ricciardo Formula 1 Pilot
The 2020 season is the second in which Daniel Ricciardo will wear the colors of Renault. After an irregular debut year with his new team, he has a new opportunity to check whether his decision to leave Red Bull was the right one or a failure.
Many are talking about the Australian driver’s near future and most are not confident that the French team will be able to provide him with a car on a par with the bigger ones. However, what is being talked about most lately is that he could be the perfect man for the Scuderia Ferrari from 2021, although everything depends on what happens to Sebastian Vettel. Ferrari is in a difficult situation after engine scandal and in a technological disadvantage against Mercedes. It is better to do not compete there in this period of time and Dani knows it very well.
Until there is any news, speculations and opinions will continue to be heard on this subject. One more who joins the list is Robert Doornbos who considers Ricciardo’s adventure at Renault to be uncertain because he is far from fighting for the best positions on the grid and doesn’t know if his thinking is to continue or stop betting on the French project. Doornbos doubts about Ricciardo’s future:
This is Daniel’s second year of contract at Renault and he is now in an uncertain position. Assuming that this season will be very short, what will you decide ?
Will you continue with the factory equipment or go elsewhere ?
Being second in Red Bull is ten times better than being first in Renault, you just want to score points and wins. If it does not work out, he could be the right man for Ferrari in the futureRobert Doornbos
Williams F1 Racing Team and Renault Racing are rivals, according to Norris
Williams is closer and I am sure they will be in the battle, so we have to keep them in mind.
Now we have to include them because we will be competing against them.
Since the preseason tests, they seemed very competitive, even though they have a long way to go, I know they will be in the battle or even aheadRobert Doornbos