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Daniel Ricciardo Says RB’s Target is the “Front of the Midfield”

“Start of the season, we need to be a little bit cautious,” Ricciardo said. ...

Testing went quite well for the RB team (we still don’t actually know what to call them), and the rumour as to why, is because of their strengthened technical ties with Red Bull. It’s been controversial to say the least, but it seems to be paying dividends with driver, Daniel Ricciardo, explaining that their goal is reach the top of the midfield. It’s a high bar considering what the team formerly known as AlphaTauri has been achieving the last few years.

“Start of the season, we need to be a little bit cautious,” Ricciardo said.

“The target as the season goes on is the front of the midfield. But I would say now where we are, it’s probably more in the midfield.

“I’m not sure if we’re yet at the front, but that is certainly our target. I know some people are quite excited about us coming into the season, but I want to play it a little bit cautious.”

One person excited about RB is Alex Albon who said over practice commentary that “they’ve made a step” and that “they look very, very quick” thanks to them having “gathered some parts.”

While it certainly appears to be a very different car from last year, Ricciardo asserts that it’s largely an evolution of last year’s AT04.

“It’s a continuation of last year,” Ricciardo said. “Obviously from the outside, it’s very different, everything really. But inside the car, it’s really an evolution of Abu Dhabi.

“We brought an update for that race and it’s really just a continuation of that. Obviously, there’s a new chassis and everything. But let’s say, the philosophy is still a continuation. And I think there a lot of other things will change around the team – personnel, the way we run the team and go racing.

“The car felt, in a positive way, quite comfortable because it was similar to last year.”

Ricciardo may well be telling the truth about the philosophy of the car remaining the same, but unless we get a good look at the floor, it’s hard to believe him when the aero looks so different to last year’s car. Perhaps Zak Brown’s protests will be heard?


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