San Marino GP: Renault race notes

The Mild Seven Renault F1 Team reinforced their fourth place in the Constructors' World Championship today during the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola. Starting from eighth and ninth on the grid, the two Mild Seven Renault F1 Team drivers drove ...

The Mild Seven Renault F1 Team reinforced their fourth place in the Constructors' World Championship today during the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola. Starting from eighth and ninth on the grid, the two Mild Seven Renault F1 Team drivers drove excellent races on a two-stop strategy. Jenson Button finished in fifth position, just behind the two top teams, and retains his fourth place in the drivers' championship. Jarno Trulli was ninth, having battled high gearbox oil temperatures for a large part of the race.

Jarno Trulli, 9th place

"I made a very good start, but the two cars in front - I think it was Montoya and Raikkonen - held me up, which meant Coulthard passed me under braking for the first chicane. During the first five laps, the car was working really well, but I then started to gradually lose performance, possibly because of the high gearbox temperatures. Once again I'm disappointed, but I finished the race, which is still a reason to be pleased."

Jenson Button, 5th place

"Fantastic! I'm very, very pleased with today's result. The car was extremely consistent, which meant I could really push all the way through the race. It's satisfying to finish in front of one of the McLarens on pure pace. Definitely my best race of the season so far."

Flavio Briatore, Managing Director, Mild Seven Renault F1 Team

"For us, a very good race. I'm pleased for the whole team. Jenson and Jarno both drove very well today. It's an improvement to get both cars to the finish, especially with one of them ahead of McLaren."

Jean-Jacques His, Managing Director, Renault F1 Team France

"As an engine builder, the first source of satisfaction is to have two cars finish on a circuit which is extremely demanding in terms of performance and fuel consumption. Jenson's performance showed that the car was quick right up until the finish, and the lap times were very competitive compared to the McLaren. Overall, I'm satisfied with a very good race, which has confirmed our fourth position amongst the constructors."

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