Italian GP: Renault Saturday notes

The Mild Seven Renault F1 Team qualified eleventh and seventeenth for tomorrow's Italian Grand Prix at Monza. While the results are undoubtedly disappointing, the feeling is mitigated by the Team's realistic expectations. Jarno Trulli ended the...

The Mild Seven Renault F1 Team qualified eleventh and seventeenth for tomorrow's Italian Grand Prix at Monza. While the results are undoubtedly disappointing, the feeling is mitigated by the Team's realistic expectations.

Jarno Trulli ended the session eleventh after setting his fastest time on his final run. Making the most of the slipstream provided by his team-mate in the first two sectors, and setting some of the fastest top speeds as a result, he improved his time by two tenths in spite of losing out in the final sector as he was following Button too closely.

Jenson Button qualified seventeenth. After a challenging morning during which he lost most of the second practice session after spinning, he failed to find a set-up which would have enabled him to get the most out of his package.

Jarno Trulli, 11th position

"Actually, that was a good session for me. We improved the car throughout qualifying and the slipstream from Jenson just added a little more on the last lap. The tow definitely helped me but the flip side was that I was then too close going into the Parabolica, which cost me a couple of tenths. Overall, I don't think we could have done better today. We now need to improve the package in order to be competitive."

Jenson Button, 17th position

"There's really not much to say - even if we knew the circuit wouldn't suit us, I was looking for more than seventeenth. We didn't manage to find the compromise that we need here in order to be quick. Of course, it's never easy when you're trying to make up for lost time, but it is still hard to be satisfied with seventeenth."

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

"We are disappointed but not surprised to be out of the top ten. We were running the car with very little wing as this is the compromise we have to use. The last few minutes of the session were hectic but Jarno got a good tow from Jenson. We are however happy with our set-ups for tomorrow."

Denis Chevrier, Head of Race Engineering (Engine), Mild Seven Renault F1 Team

"The difference between a good performance and disappointment is never great: today, the gap between our drivers was unusually large and we should recognise that had their performance been as close as it is usually, we would have been pretty satisfied with the session. As it is, we must face facts, and the times show that our direct competitors in the championship are struggling much as we are. Tomorrow, we must look to reach a level of performance which will allow us to defend this position."

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