Japanese GP: Renault race report

Today's Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka saw Fernando Alonso finish in tenth place, while teammate Romain Grosjean completed the race in sixteenth. Today's Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka saw Fernando Alonso finish in tenth place, while teammate...

Today's Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka saw Fernando Alonso finish in tenth place, while teammate Romain Grosjean completed the race in sixteenth.

Today's Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka saw Fernando Alonso finish in tenth place, while teammate Romain Grosjean completed the race in sixteenth.

Fernando Alonso, R2904, P10

"My race was really decided after qualifying because although the car was competitive and I pushed hard, it was not enough to score any points. We now have to concentrate on the two remaining races and make sure that we qualify well because if we do that I am sure we can score some strong points and have a good end to the season."

Romain Grosjean, R2903, P16

"Overall it was a tough afternoon for me. The car was very heavy on fuel and was difficult to drive as I had a lot of understeer. The Suzuka circuit was also a new experience for me this weekend, but I did my best to complete the race without any problems. I'm now looking forward to the next race in Brazil."

Jean-Francois Caubet, Managing Director

"I would like to congratulate Red Bull Racing on yet another victory, which shows the competitiveness of the Renault engine. Unfortunately for the Renault F1 Team, a weekend that looked promising for us after the Singapore podium, didn't meet our expectations. Both cars started so far down the grid that even with a good strategy and an excellent performance from Fernando, who made up six places, we didn't manage to get into the points. We will need to deliver those in the next two races."

Bob Bell, Team Principal

"It would be easy to say that it was a disappointing race, but in fact it was a disappointing qualifying session, which really determined what happened to us in the race. Fernando did a great job to gain six places, but I think the race would have been a different story had he not had his qualifying penalty and started in the top ten. Romain drove a solid race to bring the car home, which is as much as we expected from him considering his starting position. So it wasn't a great weekend, but there are positives: the team worked well together; we remain upbeat; and we look forward to Brazil with continued optimism."

Remi Taffin, Head of Engine Operations

"Our return to Suzuka was not particularly successful. We had the speed but our grid positions compromised our chances of a good result. We used new engines for this race and they completed their mileage without any problems. For Brazil, we now have a choice as it's likely that we will use new engines, but that is still to be confirmed."

-credit: renault

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Fernando Alonso , Romain Grosjean
Teams Red Bull Racing , Renault F1 Team