Daniel Ricciardo’s third-place finish at the Eifel Grand Prix ended Renault’s nine-year wait for an outing on the Formula 1 rostrum and marked its first podium since returning to the championship as a works team. 

After an initial slow start when racing resumed following the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Renault’s fortunes have improved dramatically in recent races, with Ricciardo finishing no lower than sixth since the Belgian Grand Prix.

Renault has subsequently lifted itself up to fifth and within six points of third place in the constructors’ championship, while Ricciardo’s 15-point haul thanks to his podium at the Nurburgring has seen the Australian vault up to fourth place in the drivers’ standings, behind only the dominant Mercedes duo and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.

Ricciardo decided to quit Renault before he had even raced this year’s car, basing his call off last year and pre-season testing.

At the time, Ricciardo ultimately felt McLaren was the better bet for the future, a decision influenced by the team’s impending switch to Mercedes engines for the 2021 season. 

With Renault now visibly improving, will Ricciardo be left regretting his call to jump ship?

We consider that very topic in our latest F1 video at Crash.net, which you can watch below…

Do you think Ricciardo will end up regretting his decision, or has he made the right choice by joining a revitalised McLaren? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and don’t forget to like and subscribe to Crash F1 for all the latest F1 news.

 

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