Canada Saturday notes - Renault


The Mild Seven Renault F1 Team took a strong grid position during this afternoon qualifying session at the Canada grand prix. Fernando Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella will start tomorrow's race respectively in 3rd and fourth position on the grid. The RS25 confirmed the potential shown in this morning's free practice, where the cars had finished the session in 2nd and 4th position. The unusual results of today's qualifying indicate that the teams have opted for different race strategies. The Renault F1 drivers were satisfied with their results and they are both ready to fight for a podium finish in tomorrow's race.

Fernando Alonso: I am satisfied with my qualifying position. We have a good strategy and, being 3rd and 4th on the grid, things are looking good for us. Obviously, it's difficult to judge the competitors' fuel load, but we are confident. We have decided to adopt a light aero configuration because the car is very easy to drive and because our top speed can be an advantage in the race. The McLarens are behind us on the grid, but we still have to be cautious. I am optimistic however, because the Montreal circuit suits our car and we should definitely have a strong result.

Giancarlo Fisichella: I am quite happy. I am surprised with Michael's and Jenson's performances, but I think this has to do with the strategic choices for tomorrow's race. Our goal was to place our cars in front of the McLarens and we have managed to do so. That's good. Besides, we have a good strategy and our pace is quite strong on long runs. I am confident we can have a good race tomorrow.

Pat Symonds, Executive Director of Engineering: Track conditions were a bit more slippery today than they were yesterday. Also, the wind compromised slightly the cars' efficiency. The interesting thing is that it is obvious that teams opted for different strategies, which will make for a good race tomorrow. We are confident and we should be able to get the results we're aiming for.

Denis Chevrier, Head of Engine Operations: Quite a good day for us: we didn't have any problem in the morning and we managed to go through a heavy programme. We were quick this morning and we confirmed it this afternoon. Our race strategy is good and we should be competitive tomorrow. Starting in front of both McLarens is certainly a positive thing, in terms of the Championship.

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Published: 11/06/2005
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