Renault working on Silverstone positives for Hungarian Grand Prix

Renault’s Formula 1 engine bosses are taking positives from Silverstone’s British Formula 1 Grand Prix as the season moves on to the Hungarian GP (Sun 23 July) at the Hungaroring – a circuit where the French manufacturer has in the past achieved great success.
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Daniil Kyvat finished in sixth position at Silverstone in his Red Bull – closing right up in the final laps on the fifth-placed Williams of Valtteri Bottas that had challenged for the lead early on.

Having started eighth and tenth on the grid respectively, Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo were also likely contenders for top ten points finishes until retiring with mechanical problems. Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen span out of the race.

Although just one of the four cars powered by their engines finished at Silverstone, Renaultsport F1’s Director of Operations Rémi Taffin and Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul still believe the signs are positive as the F1 calendar approaches its half-way point in Hungary (round 10 of 19).

Renault-powered cars have won eight times around Hungary’s twisty Hungaroring track near Budapest: 1990 Thierry Boutsen (Williams); 1993 & ‘95 Damon Hill (Williams); 1996 & ’97 Jacques Villeneuve (Williams); 2003 Fernando Alonso (Renault); 2010 Mark Webber (Red Bull); 2014 Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull). It is also where in 1992 Nigel Mansell, driving a Williams-Renault, clinched the F1 drivers’ title….

Reflecting on the British GP, Rémi Taffin commented: “It was a fascinating race for the fans, but frustrating for us. Daniil drove well to finish under a second from fifth. The car and engine worked well together, and he was able to adapt to the changing – and very challenging – conditions extremely well. Daniel stopped with an electrical issue that affected the ERS and we need to investigate exactly what happened. We tried several resets in the race but when neither worked fully we had to retire the car.

“At Toro Rosso, it’s a shame Carlos and Max were not able to convert the performance potential they have demonstrated all weekend. With Carlos we experienced an electrical problem that we need to look into and resolve before the next race. But the performance is there, which is a plus for everyone going forward.”

Cyril Abiteboul said: “Given our reliability has been perfect for the last four races it is disappointing to see two race-stoppers in the same weekend. Both Daniel and Carlos experienced electrical issues and we need to analyse what happened in both cases.

“We do have a number of positives from this weekend, however. Both Toro Rosso and Red Bull have been solid top ten runners in all sessions and the race pace was strong. While we have some work to do before Hungary, the overall performance level is improved on the previous races. We need to keep this in mind in the three week break and convert into solid race results across all four cars in Budapest.

“We should also say that F1 has put on a brilliant show at Silverstone and it gives us even more motivation to close the gap and be part of those battles.”