First points for Renault at the GP Russia 2016

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First points for Renault
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T he six championship points from Kevin Magnussen at the GP Russia At the right moment. After the modest performance in the first three races, the board in Paris had become nervous. The revitalized factory racing stable threatened to drift into the table cellar together with Sauber and Manor. Starting positions 17 and 18 confirmed the trend. 'It didn't go any faster. That's what the car can do at the moment,' regretted operations manager Alan Permane.

24 hours later, Magnussen's seventh place put a smile on the faces of team principal Frederic Vasseur and his troops . It was an unexpected blessing on points. The power circuit in Sochi favored cars with Mercedes and Ferrari engines more.

Magnussen's lightning start laid the foundation

Magnussen attributed the surprising result to a brilliant start. 'He laid the foundation for the later result. It could have gone even better, but I had to avoid one of the cars involved in the accident in the second corner and lost a few positions in the process. After that, I was always on the attack until the end and I felt myself despite old tires well defended. ' Renault had deliberately omitted some downforce in order to give its drivers fast cars on the straights. At the end of the home straight, Magnussen took second place in the top speed table with 329.5 km /h.

At the finish, Magnussen's soft set had 11 laps more on the tread than Sergio Perez's tires, who had two places landed behind him. The Dane was actually already scheduled for the pit stop on lap 14, but then Renault first had to pit Jolyon Palmer to fend off Carlos Sainz. 'The supersoft tires from Kevin still had air for two more laps. The low wear on the supersofts and the long runs on Friday gave us the confidence that the soft tires would last us the remaining 37 laps,' explained Permane .

The RS with half power 16 develop

The GP Russia put Renault on the team's map with championship points. Originally, the team management had ascribed little importance to the World Cup position this year. The Renault strategists wanted to do like Ross Brawn in 2008. Write off the season early and concentrate fully on the 2017 car for new regulations. BrawnGP became world champion with this tactic a year later.

Technical chief Bob Bell therefore ordereda general mobilization for 2017 already in February. Earlier than any team. Now the board member responsible for motorsport Jérôme Stoll whistled him back. For image reasons, a works racing team like Renault couldn't afford to give up and bob around in the back of the field.

That is why the R.S. 16 is now being further developed at half speed. At the next race in Spain there will be a new front suspension. In Canada the revised gearbox and the large engine upgrade. And the rear axle will be modified until the GP England. In between, aerodynamic retouching. Renault should definitely keep that ahead of Sauber and Manor.

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