Ask Tim: The underachieving F1 team that needs to "pull its socks up"
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Ask Tim: The underachieving F1 team that needs to "pull its socks up"

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Autosport's technical expert answers your questions on F1's weight problem, the prospects of Williams scoring points in 2020 and why one team will need to recover quickly from its Spanish GP nadir

I don't think it's as simple as saying 'the drivers are doing a better job'. Looking at the Renault and its engine customer, the McLaren car is better. Carlos Sainz Jr came close to outqualifying Alex Albon in the Red Bull for the Spanish Grand Prix and beat him in the race to finish sixth, which was a fine effort. It's been strong everywhere so far and seems to have a good balance, while Renault didn't manage to get either of its cars into Q3 in Spain and continues to blow hot and cold.

At times Daniel Ricciardo has shown good pace in the Renault and his lap to go fifth at the Anniversary GP was excellent, although I was a bit taken aback by his comment that he thought he could be mixing it with the Racing Points, which didn't ever materialise.

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