Spanish GP: Renault race notes

A disappointing Spanish Grand Prix for the Mild Seven Renault F1 Team at the Circuit de Catalunya. The team's drivers both retired at the end of an eventful race following a loss of performance. Jenson Button experienced a hydraulic problem, while...

A disappointing Spanish Grand Prix for the Mild Seven Renault F1 Team at the Circuit de Catalunya. The team's drivers both retired at the end of an eventful race following a loss of performance. Jenson Button experienced a hydraulic problem, while Jarno Trulli lost speed because of difficulties with the engine.

Jarno Trulli, retired, lap 63

"Overall, I had a good race - the car was working well, and I was pleased with our pace. The problem was there from the beginning, but I could handle it until mid-race. After that, it got worse and worse until there was nothing I could do. It's a shame, but things look promising even so."

Jenson Button, retired, lap 62

"I'm big time disappointed. The car wasn't fantastic at the beginning of the race, with high-speed understeer and oversteer in the slower corners. We didn't manage to adjust the car to correct it during the pitstops, and then I had the hydraulic problem. The steering got very heavy and it was as if somebody had switched the electric off towards the end! As for the Raikkönen incident, I didn't see anything - I was too busy trying to avoid the wing on the track!"

Flavio Briatore, Managing Director, Mild Seven Renault F1 Team

"A bad day for the team. Although we were competitive at the start of the race, the problems show that we are still not quite ready. We now need to work harder to correct them."

Mike Gascoyne, Technical Director, Mild Seven Renault F1 Team

"A very disappointing end to a competitive weekend. Both cars experienced mechanical problems from early on, with an engine problem on Jarno's car and hydraulics on Jenson's. This meant we lost places, and finally had to retire the cars just before the end of the race. We should take heart from a competitive weekend, and will now fix the problems before Austria."

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