Renault Sport Formula 1 Team previews the second race weekend of the 2018 Formula 1 World Championship season, the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Drivers Nico Hülkenberg and Carlos Sainz share their thoughts on the Bahrain International Circuit, while our management and technical staff give the latest on the team and on the Renault R.S.18-R.E.18 package.
Cyril Abiteboul, managing director, Renault Sport Racing: “Bahrain is the second race of the year and we need another trouble-free weekend, especially as we enter a double-header far away from our European base. In Australia, there were a number of strong points; reliability, performance and the final result. We did not have any reliability issues in Renault Sport Formula One Team, nor our two partner teams. The performance of the team was more or less where we expected and hoped for the first race.”
Nico Hülkenberg: “The Bahrain International Circuit is a great facility in the middle of the desert. The track itself is quite technical with the natural elements adding a few further challenges, most notably the wind. I really enjoy Bahrain as the heat is guaranteed and the atmosphere is always good to experience. After Australia, we’ve sent out a positive message from Enstone and Viry, but we need to reduce the gap to the front and that’s the challenge.”
Carlos Sainz: “The circuit can be tough on the braking system, and some braking points change slightly throughout the weekend due to the timings of the sessions. It’s always cool racing at night and under the lights, which makes this race one of the more unique of the calendar. Scoring points at the first Grand Prix of the year is always important and the pace was there, so I can’t wait to jump into the car in Bahrain.”