23/09/2015

Renault-powered cars star on streets of Singapore

All four Renault-powered cars finished inside the top ten positions in Singapore’s dramatic night-time Formula 1 Grand Prix and it could have been even better had it not been for some misfortune along the way…
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Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was a superb second – just a few seconds behind the winner, Sebastien Vettel, having started alongside the Ferrari driver from the front row of the grid.

Team-mate Daniil Kvyat was sixth. The Russian had started from fourth but lost places during his pit stops which both unfortunately fell just before safety car periods.

Ironically, the same safety car period was to benefit Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen. He had gone a lap down at the start when he stalled on the grid but, under safety car rules, he was permitted to make up the lost ground and rejoin at the rear of the pack. From there he pulled off one exciting overtaking move after another to finish an excellent eighth.

Right behind him was team-mate Carlos Sainz who had also lost considerable time earlier on when his car slipped into neutral gear. Once fixed he, like Verstappen, began a terrific charge back up the order to finish ninth.

Renaultsport’s Director of Operations Rémi Taffin said: “Singapore is a very difficult track to get right, both for driveability and reliability, but we’ve had a trouble-free weekend. We played to our strengths and helped all four drivers score points, so we can consider that a job well done.

“We laid the foundations for it in Monza, and it is satisfying to see those risks paying off. Thanks to all the guys on track; it shows how we never give up. We still have a few races to go on a wide variety of tracks so there is a lot of work, but we’re confident in our performance.

And added Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul: “We thought Singapore would represent our best chance for a strong result and it played out today with all four cars in the points. Despite a lot of off-track activity and rumours, we have kept our focus and had a faultless weekend, allowing the teams to optimise their set-ups and performance.”

From Singapore, Renaultsport’s technicians are already in Japan ahead of the country’s Grand Prix this weekend, at the fabled Suzuka circuit. Renault-engined cars have won there nine times in the past: 1992 Riccardo Patrese (Williams-Renault); 1994 & 1996 Damon Hill (Williams-Renault); 1995 Michael Schumacher (Benetton-Renault); 2006 Fernando Alonso (Renault); 2009, 2010, 2012 & 2013 Sebastien Vettel (Red Bull-Renault).