Renault: We have come short of our own expectations

Renault F1 Sport logoNew recruit Daniel Ricciardo raced his Renault-powered Infiniti Red Bull Racing to second position in the 58 lap race. Starting from second, the Australian kept his position throughout the race, withstanding pressure at the end of the GP from McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen. Sebastian Vettel retired on lap 5 after a misfire on the Power Unit caused a loss of power.

*Daniel Ricciardo was later excluded from the race following a breach of Article 3.2 of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations and Article 5.1.4 of the FIA Formula One Technical Regulations. The Team has notified the FIA of its intention to appeal with immediate effect.

Scuderia Toro Rosso

The Scuderia Toro Rosso-Renault Sport F1 partnership achieved a double points finish in its first race together. Running reliably all weekend, the team finished with Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne in 9th and rookie Daniil Kvyat 10th on track. Vergne was overtaken by Raikkonen early in the race but got back ahead after the safety car period. Vergne was later passed by Bottas and then repassed by Raikkonen but remained on the tail of the cars in front. Russian Kvyat lost one position to Bottas midway through the race, but challenged Raikkonen for 9th until the Finn passed his team-mate on lap 47.

Caterham F1 Team

Kamui Kobayashi retired at the first corner following a collision caused by an electrical problem with his brakes that had developed on the formation lap. Marcus Ericsson performed exceptionally in his first race, remaining in the top 12 until his pit stop. Unfortunately he retired on lap 29 when the oil pressure in the Power Unit began to drop. To safeguard against damage to the engine he stopped the car out on track.

Lotus F1 Team

After a difficult start to the weekend, Lotus F1 Team took the start with Pastor Maldonado 22nd. Romain Grosjean started from the pitlane. The two cars moved into the top 12 and ran until mid-distance, until an MGU-K failure on both cars forced a double retirement.

Rémi Taffin, Head of Track Operations:

Today there are definitely mixed feelings. Having cars retire is not acceptable and shows we need to improve our reliability across the board. This race was always going to be a baptism of fire but we have come short of our own expectations and we need to look at this before the next race. Some failures are similar, such as the MGU-K on the Lotus, but others are not related, which shows that we have to improve across the board.

This is something we will look keenly at before the Malaysian Grand Prix to allow every team the chance to show the maximum potential of their cars.

However the other cars performed very well and we are pleased with the achievements. Naturally we will now support Red Bull as they appeal the Stewards’ decision to regain the position.