Daniel Ricciardo says his challenging 2018 last year with Red Bull have made him “a better version” of himself ahead of his maiden season with new team Renault.
The Aussie’s ultimate campaign with Red Bull started off on a positive note, with two wins in the first six races, but it was all downhill from that point on, his efforts often undermined by misfortune or adverse circumstances.
The year took its toll on Ricciardo’s psyche and his motivation to remain with his team. A change of scenery and a reset were necessary, hence his move to Renault.
“Last year we had some highs and some happy moments,” he said, as Renault launched its 2019 season at Enstone.
“There were also some points of frustration. I was craving a change and everything I learnt in 2018 will make me a better version of myself in 2019.
“The difference will be a more mature person. I have more clarity of where I’m going and I aim for that to be shown with good results on track.
“I feel a lot of positive pressure and expectation to do good things, but that’s something I’m looking forward to taking on.”
Asked what he hopes to bring to his new employer, Ricciardo expects to deliver a bout of positive and motivation to Renault’s crews, at Enstone and at the race track.
“I’m here to do a job on track and drive as fast as possible,” he said.
“I would like to bring the team energy. I want to put a spring in everyone’s step because that’s also part of my job and also my character.
“I aim to be able to get the team to work that extra bit harder, put in more effort and rally everyone together. I want to be a catalyst for positive energy.”