LONDON: Renault will work as closely as ever with Daniel Ricciardo this season despite the Australian’s decision to join Formula One rivals McLaren at the end of the year, team principal Cyril Abiteboul said on Friday.
That means next year’s cars will not now be radically different.
“It’s not also a necessity, let’s be honest, I’m not fighting for any championship as we stand right now so it would make absolutely no sense, and Daniel will be fully involved in the development process of the car.”
Renault were fifth last year, with McLaren using the same engines to finish fourth.
Asked whether he felt a different atmosphere now he had decided to leave, Ricciardo said there might be some awkwardness but not for long.
“I’ve spent a couple of days in the sim (simulator) as well, so have seen a few people around the factory and no black eyes or punches in the stomach,” he said.
“I think we’re all moving on and we’ll give it all for the rest of the year.” – Reuters