After the weak test in Barcelona, hardly any expert had Renault calculated. But Robert Kubica and V italy Petrov showed in Bahrain that the black and yellow car has a lot of potential. A collision and a technical defect quickly shattered the Russian-Polish duo's point dreams.
Nevertheless, the opening weekend was not classified as a failure: 'I have a positive feeling,' said Kubica before the second race in Melbourne . 'In Bahrain, for various reasons, we weren't able to fully utilize our potential in the race and in qualifying. Even seventh place was realistic. It was disappointing that we didn't make it, but it gives us courage to know that we are strong enough are. '
Melbourne fits the Renault R30
In Australia, the missed points should finally be here. 'The goal is to get into the top ten in qualifying with both cars. That is realistic,' says technology boss Alan Permane. 'If we can do that, both drivers should be able to fight for points.'
One advantage of the R30 is its good road holding. The Albert Park Circuit is therefore very accommodating to the Renault: 'I think it fits because the track is very undulating and our car can handle the bumps well. We saw that in Bahrain when Robert and Vitaly were very competitive in the new section. There were also a lot of waves. ' The development department is also adding a new front wing and a modified rear wing.
Petrov wants to feel the track
Vitaly Petrov is also hoping for a good result in Australia. The Russian has to learn the route first. 'The most important thing is that I memorize the track and understand the rhythm. I have to go out and feel the asphalt, see the curbs and run the course to get the right feeling.'
On his Formula 1 debut in Bahrain, the newcomer showed himself from two different sides. He made a serious mistake in qualifying. In the race, however, he quickly moved up from 17th to eleventh place before a suspension defect forced him to stop. 'My goal is now getting closer to the top ten toocome without making a mistake, 'said Petrov.