Over at Red Bull Racing with Fabrice Lom: mid season mark Renault's engineer in charge of the partnership with Red Bull Racing talks about the situation just after the season has reached the halfway mark. Q: Fabrice, how would you sum up the...
Over at Red Bull Racing with Fabrice Lom: mid season mark
Renault's engineer in charge of the partnership with Red Bull Racing talks about the situation just after the season has reached the halfway mark.
Q: Fabrice, how would you sum up the collaboration between Renault and Red Bull Racing after half-a-season working together?
Fabrice Lom: We've learned to get to know each other and our relationship is now going full steam ahead. When we arrived we showed that our philosophy was to bring more than just a V8 engine to our partner, and I think that that approach was very well received. Today, the team wants all the information that we can supply. It's a true partnership.
Q: The team's results seem to have stagnated since Magny-Cours and Silverstone...
FL:: It's true. Our performance was on the up in Barcelona, Monaco and in Montreal. Then, it ground to a halt as it were; I think our rivals have made a step forward and they've closed the gap. And then we had some bad luck: technical problems for Mark Webber in qualifying at Magny-Cours, a Saturday at Silverstone that could've been better and so on. It's down to a multitude of factors. The car, though, is worth a lot more than these results indicate.
Q: What are Red Bull Racing's ambitions for the second half of the season?
FL: Above all, we're aiming for reliability as it's a factor that's still a major handicap. Then we have to find some more pace to pull out a decisive advantage over our closest rivals Toyota and Williams. To sum up we've come a long way but there's still a long way to go!
Q: Both drivers have been confirmed for 2008. Is this a positive step?
FL: Yes, of course. Guaranteeing the stability of a team is the best way to move forward. The information gathered this year will be integrated into the 2008 car; the drivers will know where they are and the team will be familiar with the engine. Then we can get down to learning about the standard e.c.u which promises to be one of next season's major challenges.