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Renault switch gave Ricciardo 'discipline'

19th January 2020, 12:12 by Gareth Freeman

Daniel Ricciardo says being involved in the Formula 1 midfield battle with Renault has taught him "discipline".

The Australian joined Renault ahead of the 2019 season after five years of fighting for podiums and the occasional victory with Red Bull.

Ricciardo feels having a less competitive car and being involved in the midfield fight has helped him develop as a driver, as the 30-year-old says he now knows when to pick his moments.

"It's kind of no different to the past, like, you're obviously always trying to get the most out of the car," he said, as reported by Race Fans. "But I think just being more conscious of how what a bit of over-driving does.

"Especially with the midfield, the car is obviously not as good as the front guys so if you do have a slide, I think you lose more time and overheat the tyres and you seem to pay a bigger price. I think [I'm] learning when to be sensible and when to try and get a bit more out of it.

"It's taught me probably just a bit of discipline over anything else. Because the long and short is you are always trying to drive as hard and fast as you can. But picking your moments is probably the best way to put it."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Gareth Freeman is an experienced journalist who can offer in-depth knowledge on a host of sports, especially football, tennis, snooker and basketball.

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