The Renault F1 Team was greeted by a jam-packed room at the Douai factory on Tuesday. "It is a great day for Douai, which has tasted success," said JÃ©rÃ´me Olive in his welcoming speech to Flavio Briatore, Jarno Trulli and Fernando Alonso in the...
The Renault F1 Team was greeted by a jam-packed room at the Douai factory on Tuesday. "It is a great day for Douai, which has tasted success," said Jérôme Olive in his welcoming speech to Flavio Briatore, Jarno Trulli and Fernando Alonso in the factory's main hall.
"Because car manufacturing involves daily competition, and we are in the race to make our new projects (the Scénic 2 and the Mégane coupé convertible) succeed, and because we are aiming for the top place on the podium of European sales, our Formula 1 champions have come to wish us well, because the aim of their work is the same as ours: to be on the top of the podium."
Clearly very impressed, the F1 team unanimously praised the factory's performance. "I couldn't believe a car could be made so quickly, ready to leave the factory," said Flavio Briatore. "I visited Curitiba in Brazil, but a factory with 6000 people, with automation like this one, is truly amazing," said Jarno Trulli.
As a thank you for the welcome they had received at Renault-Douai, the Renault F1 Team gave the factory a model on a scale of 1 to 5 signed by the drivers and the Team Manager. In return, the different departments of the factory gave the drivers some items of clothing used by each sector.
"Please accept the stampers' earplugs and gloves, the metal workers' caps and goggles, the painters' over-alls, and the safety shoes worn by the fitters at Douai. Safety is all-important for the progress of the factory and for the cars' performance on the Formula 1 circuits."
Jarno and Fernando were keen to get into their new uniform. "Coming into contact with the people at Renault makes you realize just how committed Renault is to F1," said Jarno. "We also are members of this big family, and we want to fly the Renault flag on all of the world's circuits."