Double Points For Renault As Verstappen Benefits From Alonso Penalty In Sochi
Renault Sport F1 had a mixed Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom as home favourite Daniil Kvyat finished the race in fifth place for the Red Bull Racing Renault team while his team mate Daniel Ricciardo was forced to retire from the race with a suspected suspension issue.
McLaren Honda’s Fernando Alonso was handed a penalty and as a result the Scuderia Toro Rosso of Max Verstappen finished the race in the points in 10th place while Carlos Sainz who took part in the race despite his huge crash in qualifying on Saturday was forced to retire from the race with brake failure. Speaking following the race Renault Sport F1’s Director of Operations Remi Taffin commented by saying:
Sochi is a very demanding track with a high percentage of wide open throttle and tight, slow corners. Nevertheless reliability has been good, even with the lack of running due to the various stoppages in every session. The potential was there to get more points today but circumstances didn’t allow it to play out, but it’s promising for the final four races of the year.
Renault Sport F1 Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul commented by saying:
A fairly average final result, but it belies the spirit shown by both teams this weekend. We were pleased that Carlos was OK, plus able to race, after his huge accident yesterday. Everyone had very little running, which appeared to cause some problems on the chassis side, but we kept focused and had a trouble-free weekend on our own reliability front. Our speed was OK and we look forward to challenging for some more points at the next race in Austin. I would also like to extend our congratulations to Mercedes for winning a second constructors’ title. They have done a fantastic job and have set the standard for us to achieve.