02/12/2015

Viry-Châtillon spirit praised despite challenging F1 season

Renaultsport has heaped praise on its Formula 1 technicians for a “phenomenal effort” during 2015 as the F1 season drew to a close with last weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
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All four cars using Renault power units – the Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat and the Toro Rossos of Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen – finished the race. Ricciardo and Kvyat crossed the line in points-scoring positions, with the Australian in sixth and the Russian in tenth.

Sainz produced one of the most spectacular starts of the season as he carved his way past three rivals in the opening three corners to run inside the top ten initially before ultimately finishing in 11th. Verstappen, meanwhile, saw his proud run of six consecutive points finishes come to an end as an unscheduled pit stop and two time penalties dropped him to an eventual 16th.

Kvyat and Ricciardo have finished the season seventh and eighth in the drivers’ standings, separated by just three points. Verstappen and Sainz have finished in 12th and 15th after both dazzling in the debut F1 seasons.

Red Bull has finished fourth in the constructors’ championship and Toro Rosso seventh with more than double the points it achieved in 2014. 

Renaultsport F1 Director of Operations Rémi Taffin and Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul reflected on the race and the season as a whole.

Taffin commented: “It was a long race today and we tried every tactic to gain position, but ultimately the competition was strong and sixth was the best we could have done. We can take some solace from having four cars see the finish, but it is nevertheless a disappointing way to end a tough season. The final results do not do justice to a phenomenal effort behind the scenes to recover performance and to the spirit we have within the team. Thanks to all at Viry-Châtillon for their continued efforts.”

And added Abiteboul: “Fourth in the championship for Red Bull is no doubt hard to accept and we all share that responsibility. At Toro Rosso, the championship position may not be as hoped but, with more than double the points of 2014, it’s been a strong year overall for them and we are proud to have worked together to achieve this.

“At the end of a very challenging season, both on and off track, I would like to thank everyone at Viry-Châtillon for their hard work. At the start of the year when we came under fire it would have been easy to lose motivation, but all have kept their heads down and kept development on track. We have not reached the targets we set for ourselves, but I hope this year will be seen as an aberration to our usual good form.”