Fabrice Lom, the engineer in charge of the V8 Renault programme at Red Bull Racing, talks about the Brazilian Grand Prix. Q: Fabrice, how did the last race go off? Fabrice Lom: I think it kind of summed up our whole year. The car was very...
Fabrice Lom, the engineer in charge of the V8 Renault programme at Red Bull Racing, talks about the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Q: Fabrice, how did the last race go off?
Fabrice Lom: I think it kind of summed up our whole year. The car was very quick as both drivers were in the top ten in qualifying. What's more Mark Webber was the first of the rest behind the Ferraris and McLarens on the grid. Unfortunately, we again ran into reliability problems and our-highest placed car had to retire. It's often been the case this season.
Q: Even so the aim of pulling back four points on Williams in one race was rather ambitious...
FL: Well, yes and no. In the light of our recent performances pulling back those four points wasn't impossible. But Rosberg was extremely quick at Interlagos. Even if Mark had finished he would have reduced the gap to Nico by only one or two points. It wasn't in Brazil that we lost the points that would have helped us finish in front of Williams: it was elsewhere, like Japan, for example.
Q: How did the engines perform?
FL:Both drivers had new V8s and that helped us get into the top ten in qualifying. After that, we didn't have any engine problems during the weekend.
Q: Why do you think the Williams was so quick?
FL: I think in the race conditions on Sunday the experience the team has with the Bridgestone rubber bore fruit. You could make a similar analysis when you look at the Ferraris' performance. In Brazil, more than anywhere else, I reckon that their domination was down to their knowledge of the Japanese tyres.
Q: Finally, what's the ambience like in the team at the moment?
FL: I think everybody's highly motivated for 2008. But we've had a very tough season and it's essential to recharge our batteries before tackling next year. At present, it's necessary to relax a little.