Renault boosted by Ricciardo form ahead of home Grand Prix

Daniel Ricciardo hopes to put on a show at Renault's home French Grand Prix this month after the team doubled their season's points tally in Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix.

The Australian finished sixth in Montreal, the seventh race of the year, with German teammate Nico Hulkenberg a close seventh.

Progress: Renault's Daniel Ricciardo is making positive steps with his new team.

Progress: Renault's Daniel Ricciardo is making positive steps with his new team.Credit:AAP

"The weekend as a whole pretty awesome. Qualified fourth, finished sixth," Ricciardo told Sky Sports.

"I'm sure if you'd said to (team boss) Cyril (Abiteboul) before the weekend 'how does this result sound?' He would have probably kissed you. I think we've got to be really happy with that."


Renault were eighth overall in the championship before the seventh round of the season but moved up to fifth, on 28 points and just two behind McLaren, who use the same engines.

Sunday was the team's first double points finish of the campaign.

The next race up is Le Castellet on June 23, with Renault hoping to show clear progress by then after a difficult start to the season.

Abiteboul told reporters in Monaco last month Renault had fixed a fundamental engine problem that had slowed both Ricciardo and Hulkenberg and they were now back to full power.

"We've certainly got some momentum now and the last few weekends have been stronger," said Ricciardo, who joined from Red Bull at the end of last season.

"We've got a few new parts coming."

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