Italian GP: Renault race notes

The Mild Seven Renault F1 Team achieved a double points-scoring finish for the first time this season in today's Italian Grand Prix at Monza. The result is all the more pleasing because qualifying proved disappointing, meaning both drivers started...

The Mild Seven Renault F1 Team achieved a double points-scoring finish for the first time this season in today's Italian Grand Prix at Monza. The result is all the more pleasing because qualifying proved disappointing, meaning both drivers started the race in the bottom half of the field. Jarno Trulli then dropped to the back of the grid after a problem at the beginning of the formation lap. Excellent drives from both Trulli and Jenson Button, coupled with a change in strategy which saw the pit-stops brought forward in order to optimise track position, allowed the Team to claim five valuable points, which consolidate fourth place in the Constructors' Championship.

Jarno Trulli, 4th position

"I thought I'd lost everything at the start - first gear didn't engage properly when I went through the launch process, so I had to start from the back. After that, finishing fourth was pretty unexpected! Salo was holding me up during the first part of the race, so we decided to modify our strategy and stop earlier than planned. Clearly, it was the right choice and it meant we were able to score some points. I want to thank the whole team and especially Jenson, who let me past so that I could try and catch Irvine after the stops. I should also mention all the engine guys: we had some problems with reliability in testing last week, and now both cars have now finished the race. I am not just happy for Jenson and myself, but also proud to have achieved this result for the Team."

Jenson Button, 5th position

"Not a bad race and a pretty unexpected result! To be honest, the race wasn't that exciting: after the start, I had to get into a rhythm and look after the car, avoiding over-revving and just driving very precisely. We changed strategy, which paid off when we were able to jump in front of Salo. The car wasn't perfect during the race: I had some oversteer in the first part, which became fairly major understeer after my pit-stop, but I managed to speed up in order to keep Panis at bay. This result reminds me a bit of Hockenheim last year, when we got both cars into the points on a circuit which didn't really suit us on paper."

Flavio Briatore, Managing Director, Mild Seven Renault F1 Team

"A very good result after a difficult weekend. We took a risk on the strategy, but it paid off, helped by Jarno and Jenson who both drove fantastic races. It's good to add a few points to our total."

Jean-Jacques His, Managing Director, Renault F1 Team France

"This result is a good reward for the Team and the drivers. Although it is reassuring to see both cars finish this difficult race, we haven't forgotten that we still have a long way to go. Nevertheless, I think we can view it as proof of a well-founded project."

Pat Symonds, Executive Director of Engineering, Mild Seven Renault F1 Team

"A fantastic result for the whole Team on a circuit that is not easy for us. We changed our strategy during the race, and in fact almost reversed what we had planned to do. This helped us to show the true potential of our cars and drivers. It is also excellent to see such good reliability throughout the weekend."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jarno Trulli , Jenson Button , Flavio Briatore
Teams Renault F1 Team