21/10/2015

Renault’s F1 season heads Stateside & beyond…

An imminent whirlwind tour of North and South America awaits the two Renault-engined Formula teams in Formula 1, Red Bull and Toro Rosso, with three grands prix in as many weeks – starting with the USA GP in Austin, Texas this Sunday (25 Oct).
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Already Renaultsport’s technicians are in the Circuit of the Americas F1 paddock preparing for the weekend ahead. Come Sunday night all will be packed away and transported south over the border to the renovated Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit in Mexico in time for the country’s first F1 GP in more than 20 years just a week later (Sun 1 Nov)

A fortnight later comes the next race on the F1 calendar, the season’s penultimate round at the terrific Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

For British fans the races will take place at the following UK times: USA 7.00pm; Mexico 7.00pm; Brazil 4.00pm.

Red Bull and Toro Rosso have suffered mixed fortunes in the most recent two grands prix, at Suzuka, Japan and Sochi, Russia. Suzuka’s race saw Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz finish in ninth and tenth places for Toro Rosso – as in the previous GP in Shanghai, both drivers again caught the attention of the fans and TV viewers by charging past a number of rivals.

Sochi’s GP saw Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat score a solid sixth place finish in front of his home crowd as Verstappen again was left to charge up the order after an early mishap. He finished tenth for the final point. Both Sainz and Kvyat’s team-mate Daniel Ricciardo had to retire from the race (the latter when running fourth). Ricciardo had also been unfortunate in Japan when an opening lap puncture put him a lap behind the leaders.

Speaking after the race in Sochi, Renault F1’s Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul commented: “We kept focused and had a trouble-free weekend on our own reliability front. Our speed was OK and we look forward to challenging for some more points at the next race in Austin. I would also like to extend our congratulations to Mercedes for winning a second constructors’ title. They have done a fantastic job and have set the standard for us to achieve.”

Indeed Renault is now looking ahead to the races in the USA, Mexico and Brazil which precede the season finale in Abu Dhabi (Sun 29 Nov). Renault has accumulated 13 wins in the three American countries to date:

USA
2013 Sebastien Vettel (Red Bull-Renault)

Mexico
1992 Nigel Mansell (Williams-Renault)
1991 Riccardo Patrese (Williams-Renault)

Brazil
1980 Rene Arnoux (Renault)
1982 Alain Prost (Renault)*
1992 Nigel Mansell (Williams-Renault)
1995 Michael Schumacher (Benetton-Renault)
1996 Damon Hill (Williams-Renault)
1997 Jacques Villeneuve (Williams-Renault)
2009 Mark Webber (Red Bull-Renault)
2010 Sebastien Vettel (Red Bull-Renault)
2011 Mark Webber (Red Bull-Renault)
2013 Sebastien Vettel (Red Bull-Renault)
* held at the Jacarepagua circuit, Rio de Janeiro