Renault bullish on Italian GP chances

Renault says it is heading to Monza confident about its chances of enjoying a strong weekend after its promising showing in the Belgian Grand Prix.

The Renault-powered Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo was the closest challenger to the Mercedes-engined cars in qualifying, and teammate Daniil Kvyat finished fourth in the race, behind the two Mercedes drivers and the Lotus of Romain Grosjean.

It was the first time this year that a Renault-powered car finished ahead of both Ferraris.

That has left the French manufacturer optimistic it can keep its momentum going in this weekend's Italian Grand Prix.

"From a performance point of view, the Belgian Grand Prix was a positive one for us," said Renault's director of operations Remi Taffin.

"Engine usage was much better than we have seen at the other high speed circuits, performance was improved and the power units worked well, particularly in conjunction with the low downforce configuration.

"We hope to surf the Spa wave in Monza. It remains the hardest circuit of the year for power units, but we are confident that the latest engine specification will work well.

"This will be used by all drivers so at the very least we should be able to replicate the performance in Monza.

"We can go to Monza with our heads high knowing we can compete shoulder to shoulder with the rest of the field."

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Series Formula 1
Event Italian GP
Track Autodromo Nazionale Monza
Teams Red Bull Racing , Toro Rosso
Article type Breaking news
Tags renault