Nico Hulkenberg’s F1 prospects are looking increasingly bleak.

Daniel Ricciardo smiles in front of a Renault sponsor billboard at the 2019 German Grand Prix.

Daniel Ricciardo has no regrets about his Renault switch despite the French team’s midfield struggles

Every driver market story carries with it a kernel of truth, and it’ll be fascinating to see how the 2019–20 silly season comes together.

Daniel Ricciardo in his Renault

Daniel Ricciardo has blamed the Circuit Paul Ricard and modern aerodynamics for F1’s current malaise.

You might think just six rounds into a 21-race season is too early for the driver merry-go-round to start turning, but speculation is never far from hand in Formula One.

One year on from his lights-to-flag domination of the Monaco Grand Prix and Daniel Ricciardo has no hope of even a podium on the hallowed Monte Carlo streets.

The team may well win races with Honda this year, just as it probably would’ve done with Renault, but it won’t be until 2020 and beyond that the true success of the relationship can be judged. Best the team doesn’t get ahead of itself before then.

There’s a strong argument to be made that Renault has had the most disappointing start to the 2019 season.

When the flag drops the bullshit stops. Finally, with just days until the season-opening 2019 Australian Grand Prix, we’re about to get some concrete answers on just what kind of Formula One season we’re in for.

Formula One’s teams had turned their attention to 2019 long before the dust had settled on the 2018 season, and this week’s first preseason test will be a key indicator as to which of them have planned wisely for the year ahead.