Sunday, 29 March 2015

Renault Sport F1 Malaysian Grand Prix Review

(Renault Sport F1)

Renault Sport F1 had what can be described as a good day at the office at the Malaysian Grand Prix at the Sepang circuit on Sunday.

The French manufacturer saw all four of their cars finish the race in the points. The Scuderia Toro Rosso pair of Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz finished the race in 7th and 8th place respectively with their sister team, the senior Infiniti Red Bull Racing outfit having their drivers Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo finishing the race in 9th and 10th place respectively.

The company also made history in Sepang on Sunday as Max Verstappen became the youngest ever Formula One point’s scorer.

Speaking following the race, Renault Sport F1’s Director of Operations Remi Taffin commented by saying:

Four cars in the points after one of the toughest races of the year shows the amount of work that has gone on behind the scenes in the last two weeks. Driveability has been reasonably levelled up, and the drivers could clearly explore the potential of their cars. Absolute performance can be and will be improved while we are some way behind the front of the pack. We clearly have some potential in hand and improving reliability will allow us to get closer in the near future. We’ll work hard with Toro Rosso and Red Bull to make sure we’re maximizing this potential. Finally, congrats to Max for his impressive race and his first points and a special bravo to Sebastian for his victory.

Renault Sport F1’s Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul commented on the days performance by saying:

We said after Melbourne that we needed to react to the problems, but not overreact and we can see that the measures and countermeasures put in place since then have played dividends here. Engine-wise we are much more where we should have been in Australia. Reliability has globally been good – as it should be – and the improvements to driveability have allowed the teams to focus on the set-ups and see where the true performance of the cars is at the moment. Finishing one lap behind the leaders isn’t where we need to be, but now we have very clear targets. Ferrari has done a great job in the last few months, it shows that Mercedes can be caught if all the ingredients are there. We need to focus on our job, play the long game and keep pushing every time we hit the track.

© Ben Johnston 2015

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