Renault Power To Points In Brazil
Renault Sport F1 had a mixed race in Brazil on Sunday as two of their four cars managed to finish the event in the points with Red Bull Racing’s Daniil Kvyat finishing the race in seventh place having started the event from sixth place, the Russian lost out on the start to the Williams of Valtteri Bottas.
The star of the race had to be Max Verstappen for Scuderia Toro Rosso. The teenager drove a fantastic race to finish in the points in ninth place.
It was a challenging day for Daniel Ricciardo in the second Red Bull as the Australian started the race from the back of the grid alongside the McLaren of Fernando Alonso. It was a disappointing race for Carlos Sainz as the Toro Rosso driver failed to start the race due to a problem firing up his engine.
Speaking following the race, Renault Sport F1’s Director of Operations, Remi Taffin commented by saying:
For many reasons, this has been a difficult weekend for everyone at Renault Sport F1 and our thoughts have naturally been back in Paris, with the victims of the attacks and their families. From a technical standpoint, we tried out the new ICE upgrades in Daniel Ricciardo’s car. The engine ran reliably, but unfortunately it did not deliver the expected improvements in performance. All the same, the reliable running ensured we gathered a lot of data to analyse how we can move forward to the final race of the year and going into the winter. Daniil and Max had solid races and were able to fight for positions, but it’s not been the most memorable race to be honest.
Renault Sport F1’s Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul commented by saying:
Naturally our thoughts this weekend have been primarily with our friends, family and colleagues in our home city of Paris. Everything else has been overshadowed by this tragedy. On track we’ve had a solid but unspectacular Grand Prix. We debuted the upgraded ICE with Daniel [Ricciardo], knowing that we would have to take a heavy grid penalty for relatively minimal performance gains. It was crucial, however, for us to do this to gather as much information as possible for the next stage in our development plans. The upgrade ran reliably but we must now look at the data accumulated from the weekend to establish its full performance potential, and adjust our development strategy accordingly.