Sunday, 21 September 2014

Renault power to double podium finish in Singapore

(Renault Sport F1)

Renault Sport F1 had a fantastic Singapore Grand Prix today with their power unit finishing best of the rest behind race winner, Mercedes Lewis Hamilton as their 'works' team Infiniti Red Bull Racing secured second and third place respectively at the Marina Bay circuit.

While Infiniti Red Bull Racing had a great day it was an unlucky day for the Lotus F1 Team as Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean missed out on scoring points for the Enstone based outft coming home in 12th and 13th place respectively.

It was a fantastic day for Toro Rosso's Jean Eric Vergne as the Frenchman secured his best result of the season despite two stop go penalties to finish the race in 6th place just behind the Williams Martini Racing of Felipe Massa. Daniil Kvyat was left disappointed however as the Russian could only finish the race in 14th place. 

Over at the Caterham F1 Team it was a mixed day for their driver's as Kamui Kobayashi stopped out on track on the formation lap and as a result was classified as Did Not Start while Marcus Ericsson achieved his best ever Formula One result finishing the race in 15th place ahead of the main rival Marussia.

Speaking following the race, Renault Sport F1's Head of Track Operations Remi Taffin commented:

'A great result at the most physically and mechanically demanding event of the year for Red Bull and Renault. Two drivers on the podium is really the best we could have hoped for. 

This weekend we have faced a number of issues but we have solved each one methodically to get both cars to the finish, and in a strong position.

An equally good job from the guys at Toro Rosso, who managed the energy and fuel extremely well to give JEV enough at the end to secure sixth on the road. Likewise, Lotus had a very strong race that demonstrated the performance potential of the chassis-engine package a lot more clearly. We hope to build on this in Suzuka and outrace the teams we were racing today.

One of the few negative points was Kamui’s failure on the parade lap. Unfortunately his car developed an ERS problem and he had to pull off, which is a shame as Marcus demonstrated a strong relative pace and was able to out-race both Marussias today.

Across the board, therefore, each engine-chassis team has worked together to provide the most competitive package and overcome most small problems we faced. We can be relatively satisfied with the results and can look forward with optimism to Suzuka.'

© Ben Johnston 2014

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