Renault team surprised by its speed main competitors in the middle tier of the peloton at the start of the season 2017.
Despite the fact that the French team scored points in debut campaign only for the Bahrain Grand Prix when Nico Hulkenberg finished in ninth place, the rate of RS17 was good enough for a team firmly entrenched in a cohort of commands-middle peasants.
When the reporter AUTOSPORT.com asked the Deputy head of the Force India Robert Fearnley, surprised if it’s start in the performance of Renault, he replied: “Yes, surprised. Renault has done a fantastic job in the winter. The team plays much better than I thought.
Before the tests I thought that we will be involved in the battle of four teams, along with Williams, Toro Rosso and McLaren. It is obvious that McLaren had from this cohort, but it was replaced by Renault. Most likely, this battle will last all season.
Two teams fighting for the victory and another four fighting for fourth place. It is obvious that Red Bull Racing is somewhere in between these zones of struggle”.
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Acknowledged the power of competitors from Viry and the pilot Toro Rosso Carlos Sainz.
“It seems that Renault has a trump card in the form of qualifying pace,’ said the Spaniard. – Perhaps it helps the aerodynamics, it is possible, the skillful use of tires, but we do not have this speed range.
If we talk about racing segments, then our speed is about the same.
Renault exactly made a big step forward. This is evident in the telemetry”.
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