Renault Sport Formula 1 Team previews the third race weekend of the 2018 Formula 1 World Championship season, the Chinese Grand Prix at Shanghai International Circuit.
Cyril Abiteboul, managing director, Renault Sport Racing: “Shanghai is an important race for the team. As well as keeping our on-track momentum moving forward, our off-track activation will equally be important. We have an expansive programme with DRAC (Renault’s joint venture in China) and Renault Sport Formula One Team’s partner, Tmall. I’m really looking forward to getting over to China and seeing how everything unfolds.”
Nico Hülkenberg: “We head to China with things to work on. Every track is different and I’m sure China will bring its own challenges. We’ll go there aiming to keep improving. Historically, in China, looking after the tyres has been hard work. The first few corners are notorious for tyre-deg and later on in the lap, turn 13 is another long right-hander that takes even more life out of them.”
Carlos Sainz: “Last year’s race was certainly one of my more memorable Grand Prix. It was a risky decision to start the race on dry tyres and everyone else on Intermediates. I had a tricky start, I could barely get off the line on a damp track and then had a spin at turn 3. Happily, risks sometimes pay off and I capitalised to finish seventh. It was definitely an interesting one!”