Renault faces up to lack of preparation 0

Renault-faces-up-to-lack-of-preparationAfter they finished outside the points in Melbourne, the MD of Renault, Cyril Abiteboul, admitted the team went into the GP lacking “mileage and preparation”.

Jolyon Palmer endured a horrific season opener in Australia that ended in retirement, with the UK driver pulling up after only 15 laps with brake problems.

Team-mate Nico Hulkenberg fared better on Sunday afternoon, qualifying in P12 and in the hunt for points right up until the final laps.

The German ultimately lost out to Force India’s Esteban Ocon, finishing in 11th place.

“This first grand prix of the season under these new regulations has delivered several lessons,” explained Abiteboul.

“Our race result highlights that we were not as well prepared as our opposition and our lack of mileage and preparation, both during pre-season testing and during this weekend, meant we suffered.

“We have learnt that in this new Formula 1 era everything needs to be perfectly executed, as it is very difficult to gain track position. We needed to be stronger at the start, in our execution of our strategy, in our pit stops and with our car set-up and balance.

“Although there were very few laps of clean air to demonstrate it, we feel that our car-engine-driver combination allows us to be in the group that we were targeting to race against. At every race, we should be in a position to fight for Q3 on Saturday and to fight for points on the Sunday.

“Looking forward, our first priority for Shanghai is to improve our reliability and from there we should be in a stronger position.”

For affordable, convenient and top quality car servicing from industry professionals choose Servicing Stop – All offers include FREE car collection and delivery plus a 12-month parts and labour guarantee!