The non-cancelled Renault time that should scare Red Bull at Monza
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The non-cancelled Renault time that should scare Red Bull at Monza

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Renault's best showing of 2019 was at Monza, and returns to Italy after its highest finish of 2020 at Spa. It kept that form in Italian GP practice, which could be a problem for Red Bull, while the Mercedes squad looks unruffled by the engine mode saga

"Monza was an even stronger circuit for us and if we are stronger there's only a podium in front of us," Daniel Ricciardo said after last weekend's Belgium Grand Prix, heaping the pressure onto his tattoo bet with Renault team principal Cyril Abiteboul.

Judging by the times set in the opening practice sessions for Formula 1's 2020 Italian Grand Prix, that podium could well be in sight for Renault. It has kept its low-downforce promise a week after Spa, and, because Red Bull struggled at Monza on Friday, there's every chance the team could pick up its first silverware since it returned to F1 in 2016.

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