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F1 news, Austrian Grand Prix 2019: Renault, Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren, French GP, latest standings, results

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Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul has stoked the flames with rivals McLaren by claiming Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg were just as fast as them during the French Grand Prix, despite both drivers losing out to their counterparts.

McLaren surprised everyone with their speed at Paul Ricard in practice – Ricciardo even jokingly suggested they had “secret upgrades” – before qualifying fifth and sixth for the race, compared to Renault’s eighth and 13th.

In the race, Carlos Sainz ran off alone to secure P6 while Lando Norris was plagued by a series of problems in the closing laps which saw both Hulkenberg and Ricciardo overtake him – although the latter was penalised for his moves to drop him to P11.

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Daniel Ricciardo 'forgets' he was racing Romain Grosjean

Daniel Ricciardo ‘forgets’ he was racing Romain Grosjean

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Daniel Ricciardo reveals reason for parting Renault message, F1 2019

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Daniel Ricciardo is talking the talk and he expects Renault to walk the walk.

The Aussie signed off from the 2019 F1 season with a limp 11th placed finish at last weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, bringing to an end a disappointing debut year with the French outfit.

Renault was fifth in the constructors’ championship, 54 points behind McLaren, while Ricciardo ended up ninth in the drivers’ standings.

After making the move from Red Bull at the end of 2018, Ricciardo and Renault barely fired a shot all season but the West Australian is already eyeing a brighter future in 2020.

After he crossed the line in Abu Dhabi, Ricciardo offered a message of support to the team watching on from the garage. “Thank you guys. I really mean it but we will get better next year, a lot better. I really think we will. So let’s get it,” he said over the team radio.

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Abu Dhabi F1 GP driver ratings, F1 2019 season ratings, F1 news 2019, Lewis Hamilton

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Who scored the top marks on this season’s final weekend?

And which drivers have the best average for the whole season?

Read on and find out below.

F1 season review

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Supercars 2020 grid, Supercars 2020 drivers, Steven Richards retirement, Supercars news

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Five-time Bathurst winner Steven Richards has announced his retirement from Supercars, and has announced plans to take up a managerial role at Team 18.

The 47-year-old confirmed his decision on Friday, bringing an end to a long career in the championship which boasts 460 race starts and 10 wins – five of which came at Mount Panorama.

Son of seven-time Bathurst winner Jim, Richards junior made his debut in the Australian Touring Car Championship in 1996 for Garry Rogers Motorsport, and claimed his maiden Bathurst win two years later alongside Jason Bright with Stone Brothers Racing.

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