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Renault now has a real qualifying mode, says Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo believes Renault has a “real qualifying mode” this season in the wake of developments it has made with its power unit. Renault had lacked behind Formula 1’s engine pace-setters since the introduction of V6 turbo hybrid power units in 2014, with its deficit in qualifying often the most pronounced. Renault has endured a low-key start to 2019 amid performance and reliability setbacks but Ricciardo nonetheless reckons gains have been made across one lap. “We finished our debrief [in Monaco] and both Nico and I complimented the Renault boys and our quali felt pretty strong,” he said. “My reference from last year, I am pulling an extra gear...
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