Saturday, 19 July 2014

Renault updates didn't work as expected

(Frederic Le Floc'h DPPI for Renault Sport F1)

Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel believes that the updates that Renault Sport F1 provided Infiniti Red Bull Racing with for this weekends German Grand Prix didn't work the way that he expected after the German qualified for his home race in 6th place behind team mate Daniel Ricciardo. The quadruple world champion has struggled so far this season and heads into tomorrows race in 6th place in the championship.

Vettel revealed:

'We had an update on the car but it didn't bring us as much as it was supposed to, The car was generally better than this morning so I was fairly happy. On the last run we just didn't seem to be able to go with the track. I didn't get a smooth lap and didn't improve.'

Vettel went on to say:

'To be honest, I think Williams didn't look as competitive yesterday. They made a big step today which was a bit of a surprise, But then again in the last couple of races they have been very strong so I think they will be very strong as well tomorrow. Generally on race pace we look a little bit better than in raw qualifying pace.'

Infiniti Red Bull Racing head into tomorrow's race in second place in the Constructors championship aiming to close the gap to Mercedes who are currently 158 points behind the Brackley based outfit. Mercedes will have a tough time on their hands as Lewis Hamilton is likely to start the race from the pit-lane following his crash in qualifying so it could be tough for him to score points as it can be tough to overtake in Germany.

The Red Bull duo were are well placed inside the top ten so they could be on for a good result provided that both Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel get a good start.

© Ben Johnston 2014

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