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Ricciardo's Renault frustration showing - Stevenson

8th August 2019, 13:10 by Craig Smithson

Daniel Ricciardo is displaying signs of frustration at life with Renault this year, according to Racing Point director Andy Stevenson.

The 30-year-old Australian decided to leave Red Bull at the end of the 2018 campaign to take on a fresh challenge with the Enstone-based Formula 1 outfit this season.

However, with over half of the races gone, Ricciardo sits in 11th spot in the drivers' standings, while his team-mate Niko Hulkenberg is five points and three places worse off.

His former team-mate Max Verstappen is currently in third spot behind the Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, while the Red Bull car is showing signs of improvement.

Meanwhile, Renault have struggled to develop their engine and car throughout 2019. Stevenson claims Ricciardo let his mood come to the surface when he broke a "gentleman's agreement" about not overtaking rival cars on the lap before qualifying flyers after he tried to pass Racing Point driver Sergio Perez in Hungary.

"It seems that Daniel is beginning to get very frustrated that he is in a Renault rather than a Red Bull," he told Auto Motor und Sport.

"There was a discussion between the drivers and the FIA [in Monaco] and that's when the gentlemen's agreement was made."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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