Hulkenberg to start Spanish GP from pit lane

Latest Renault upgrade focusing on reliability confirms Ricciardo

Hulkenberg to start from pitlane

The penalty means that both Renault drivers have been docked grid positions after Daniel Ricciardo was given a three-place grid penalty for changing his engine.

Ricciardo began the race on used softs, traded them for hards on lap 24 - rather than mediums, the seemingly stronger race tyre - before a late Safety Car allowed him to finally put on the yellow-walled rubber.

"The test next week comes at a good moment to assess particular areas of the auto in depth and look at important development items as we define our short-term and medium-term action plan to recover from a poor season start that does not alter our determination and our long-term objectives".

"There was a lack of perfection and we missed potentially four points", he said. "I see Carlos was eighth, we had him at the end of the first stint and then we fitted a hard, he fitted a medium and he passed us on the out-lap".

"And obviously, look at where he finished and where he did with his pace. I felt good in the vehicle, felt comfortable, just our general pace is a little bit too slow, especially around here, but I think we just need to keep on working on the package".

"I think to be honest we underachieved the result the auto was capable of and with this midfield it's so tight".

"We've just got to try and do better, I guess, try and figure out what we can execute and understand, why we fitted the hard instead of the medium, and if that was us being too cautious then let's not be cautious". Nico Hulkenberg was able to rejoin the circuit and limp back to the pitlane for repairs.

"Ricciardo was massively quicker than us in the final sector, and I couldn't keep him behind - at one point he made it by, we got him back, [then the] safety vehicle came out".

"Ricciardo was massively quicker than us in the final sector, I couldn't keep him behind. Again we'll see now, sort it out if strategically we could have maximised one vehicle over the other".

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