Renault Managing Director, Flavio Briatore was relatively pleased with the performance of both of his drivers in the Spanish Grand Prix and believes that the team showed enough potential to close the gap to the front runners.
It was a good day for Fernando Alonso as he pleased his home fans by making a great start and finishing 5th. Although suffering from balance issues, Nelson Piquet finished a respectful 12th.
Nelson Piquet – 12th: “I was lucky not to get caught in the accident at the start of the race. The performance of the car was disappointing and the balance wasn’t good. I don’t have a fully updated car yet so I hope that we can make some improvements for the next race.”
Flavio Briatore, Managing Director: “Today’s result and our pace in the race showed the potential and the improvements made to the car as Fernando’s times were very close to those of the front runners. Now we must work hard and keep improving in order to secure strong points for both cars in the races to come.”
Pat Symonds, Executive Director of Engineering: “Barcelona is not renowned for producing exciting racing, but that certainly wasn’t true today. It was a fight all the way through to end and a great result from Fernando. Nelson was extremely lucky not to have been taken out in the first corner accident, which seemed to have happened all around him. From then on the car didn’t have the pace we expected and we feel that there is probably unseen damage to it.”
Remi Taffin, Head of Engine Operations: “Overall it was a weekend that brought us more than we expected. We came here with hopes of taking a step forward, but unfortunately everybody brought lots of developments and the order of the teams remained pretty much the same. But thanks to the work that we have done throughout the weekend, we’ve come away with a great result. Fernando was pushing flat out for the whole race and fifth place is a nice reward. This result puts us in a good frame of mind for the upcoming races, but we will continue working hard.”