22/10/2018

Austin nets best result so far of 2018

The Renault Sport Formula One™ Team went into last weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix (26-28 Oct) off the back of its best result so far in 2018
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Just seven days earlier at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, USA, drivers Nico Hülkenberg and Carlos Sainz stormed to sixth and seventh places in their R.S.18s.

It meant a collective points haul of 14 (eight for Hülkenberg; six for Sainz) – the strongest race to date this season for the team. Heading to Mexico City, the result had seriously strengthened Renault’s hold on fourth place in Formula 1’s Constructors’ table with a 22-point advantage over nearest rival Haas which failed to score in the USA.

And there was further satisfaction for Renault at Austin as Max Verstappen, driving a Red Bull propelled by Renault’s F1® power unit, finished in second position.

Team Principal Cyril Abiteboul said: “Today showed us what can be achieved if we all pull together as a team. After a difficult weekend for all because of the track conditions, we were able to show strong race pace with Nico and Carlos delivering exactly as desired.

“Today’s result puts us in a better championship position heading to the final three races of the season (Mexico, Brazil and Abu Dhabi) and it gives a lot of confidence to the team and our drivers.

“Congratulations also to Max Verstappen and Red Bull for their second place, just 1.2 seconds away from the race win.”

German Hülkenberg was equally upbeat after the chequered flag, rating the performance the best he had known since he started racing for the team at the start of 2017.

He added: “Today saw the best team result since I’ve been with Renault so I’m happy for that; it was a very good job from everyone involved with the team.

“We demonstrated that the race pace of our car is very decent and we’re still very competitive. It also illustrated how important it is to have a strong qualifying position and a clean first lap.

“Everything is still possible for us and we took a great bunch of points. It was a very satisfying feeling today, but we have three races left so we need to keep the good work coming.”

Spaniard Sainz, who had to overcome a five-second time penalty, said: “I’m happy for the seventh position and happy to see the great efforts from the whole team paid off today.”