(Renault Sport F1)
Renault Sport F1 had an extremely strong Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday after Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo finished the race in fourth and fifth place respectively. It was Kvyat’s best result to date in Formula One after overtaking his team mate following a planned swap after Ricciardo was unable to catch Hamilton to challenge for a podium finish.
Scuderia Toro Rosso had a mixed day as Max Verstappen who looked as if he was on course for a strong points scoring finish retired from the race with less than 15 laps to go following a massive crash as he attempted to overtake the Lotus F1 Team’s Romain Grosjean going into Turn 1.
Carlos Sainz did a fantastic job in the second Scuderia Toro Rosso as the Spaniard, who started the race from the pit-lane came home in 10th place. Speaking following the race, Renault Sport F1’s Director of Operations Remi Taffin commented by saying:
‘We arrived in Monaco focused on one thing; delivering consistent and reliable performance. We leave knowing we achieved this aim. It’s a step forward and follows our expected development curve. With another box ticked, we need to keep to this plan in the coming races. We know it will be hard, there’s no doubt about it, but this result confirms we are on track and going in the right direction. We will not give up until we are back to where we need to be.’
Renault Sport’s Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul commented by saying:
‘The result today – fourth and fifth, very close to the podium – demonstrates the resilience of everyone at Viry. We started the season on the back foot and it has been an enormous task to keep motivated under fire. Every person has contributed to regaining our reliability, and performance is getting better each race. Now we need to keep fighting, and looking forward. We know we can do this, so we will keep our heads down and chipping away until we are where we want.’
© Ben Johnston 2015