Ricciardo replacement: Renault speaks with big names

Renault speaks with some big names”to fill the cockpit of Daniel Ricciardo for 2021. At least that’s what team leader Cyril Abiteboul says.

“We need a fast driver and we need a driver who understands and believes in Renault’s project,” says the Frenchman.

The names traded include Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel two world champions, but Abiteboul does not want to be defined on a specific driver: “We speak with some – big names and less well known names.”

The question is whether the big names also want to be Renault, because the French are not at the top.” We are aware of the nature of our team,”says the team leader. We are in a way unique in the Formula One landscape, but at the same time a young team, on the way up, with some problems –especially last year.”

A potential new driver should understand this, as well as the work that the whole team is investing. A sideshow against Daniel Ricciardo, who will leave the team after two years? I’m not saying Daniel didn’t understand that,”he waved.”That’s not what I mean. I am talking about the future.”

Abiteboul does not give a deadline for the decision.” We take our time,”he says.