(Renault Sport F1)
The Formula One circus rolls into Shanghai this weekend for the Chinese Grand Prix, round three on the 2015 calendar.
Renault Sport F1 head into the race of the back of a better weekend in Malaysia compared to the season opening Australian Grand Prix as they got all four of the cars to the end of the race and not only that but both Infiniti Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso cars finished the event in the top ten with Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz finishing ahead of the Infiniti Red Bull Racing duo of Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo.
For the first time since 2009, the Scuderia Toro Rosso team head to the third race of the season ahead of their world championship winning big brother.
Scuderia Toro Rosso technical director James Key has been impressed with the improvements that Renault have made to their power unit and although they are still behind Mercedes and Ferrari in terms of performance Toro Rosso’s performance has improved considerably.
The Chinese Grand Prix hold great memories for Red Bull Racing and Renault as in 2009, it was the scene of the Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s very first race victory, not only that but Sebastian Vettel led home team mate Mark Webber giving the team their first 1-2 race finish.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s race, Renault Sport F1’s Director of Operations Remi Taffin stated:
'In Malaysia we got close to what we would consider the normal level of driveability we had at the end of 2014. For China we will have some small steps forward. We have continued the intensive test program started after Australia and we will see further results in Shanghai. Performance was likewise an improvement in Malaysia, although we did keep some in reserve to safeguard reliability. Now we are getting more confident in this area we can afford to be more aggressive and we should see better results on the straights, with a higher top speed. We finished in 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th in Malaysia and with the improvements put in place we hope to be further up. Toro Rosso has shown it has a good basic car and the drivers are confident, while Red Bull should be on top of the issues experienced in Malaysia. With the improvements to driveability and overall performance, we hope we can fight the Williams’ cars and grab some more points in China.'
© Ben Johnston 2015