Monaco GP: Renault Saturday notes

The Mild Seven Renault F1 Team today experienced a disappointing qualifying session in preparation for the Monaco Grand Prix. Following encouraging performances during free practice, the final positions are only satisfactory, with the team's two...

The Mild Seven Renault F1 Team today experienced a disappointing qualifying session in preparation for the Monaco Grand Prix. Following encouraging performances during free practice, the final positions are only satisfactory, with the team's two drivers occupying the fourth row of the grid. Following a typical qualifying session at Monaco, with all the problems it can bring, Jarno Trulli finished seventh, with team-mate Jenson Button in eighth position.

Jarno Trulli, 7th position

"Seventh position is disappointing when I was expecting to be in the top four. My first run was my only clear lap, and after that I hit traffic each time. Twice, Massa's Sauber didn't move out of the way, even though he was just cruising around. I'm very angry about it. Even so, I want to thank the team for all their work, because I've had a very good car throughout this weekend. It's really frustrating, because we deserved better."

Jenson Button, 8th position

"The car was good throughout the whole session - I didn't need to make any changes during the hour. I made a mistake on my third run, so I couldn't improve then, but the problem at the end was Massa. He slowed me down, just as for lots of other people, apparently. Something needs to be done about it."

Mike Gascoyne, Technical Director, Mild Seven Renault F1 Team

"We are disappointed as we were expecting more from qualifying. As the track got quicker, our drivers were both affected by traffic on their last three runs. Having said that, it's typical at Monaco, and everybody knows that. Up to now, we have had a competitive weekend, and we now look to reinforce our position during the race."

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

"From our perspective, the session unfolded without any notable incidents. As is typical at Monaco, the problem was traffic, and there was always something preventing us from getting the most out of the package. On the technical side however, we are optimistic for the race, during which we should be capable of running competitively."

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