PODIUM LOCK OUT FOR RENAULT IN KOREAN GRAND PRIX
To celebrate the enviable achievement of being the largest engine supplier to F1® Championship Teams this year, Renault held the Renault Sport F1® Showcase at Plaza Singapura, Main Atrium from 16th to 22nd of September. In addition to enjoying astonishing deals across its entire range, showcase visitors got the opportunity to check out a Lotus F1® prototype car as well as other F1® exhibits on display. Priceless F1® Garage Tour Passes were also up for grabs for the fastest lap-time clocked on our interactive F1® racing game, as well as for the best pose struck at our instant photo-booths.
For many showcase visitors, the highlight of the week had to be the two F1® Driver Meet-&-Greet Sessions held on the 20th and 21st of September, when F1® drivers, Charles Pic from Caterham F1® Team and Romain Grosjean from Lotus F1® Team, dropped by to meet their fans and autographed exclusive F1® merchandise. In addition, a pair of top racers from our interactive F1® racing game was also given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pit their skills against the two F1® drivers for pole position in a virtual version of the Singapore Grand Prix track.
This showcase continues to reinforce the solid reputation of Renault Sport Technologies, and the value transfer from its expertise and experience gained on the track, to its road car range.
Renault-powered drivers locked out the podium in today’s Korean Grand Prix, with Sebastian Vettel (Infiniti Red Bull Racing) winning the chaotic race, with Lotus F1 Team’s Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean, taking 2nd and 3rd respectively. This is the third time that the podium has been 100% Renault-powered this season.*
Vettel – whose pole position yesterday took Renault’s total F1 poles to 208, equal with Ferrari’s record – opened up a comfortable lead at the start ahead of Grosjean, who had jumped ahead of Hamilton in the first corner. The pair built up a cushion of several seconds over the battles behind and was able to pit and re-join in formation. Vettel remained in front despite two different safety car periods but Raikkonen got the jump on Grosjean before the second safety car period. Raikkonen had a standout race from P9 on the grid, overtaking Rosberg, Hamilton, Alonso, Hulkenberg and finally his team-mate to score his second consecutive podium.
Mark Webber started from P13 as a result of a grid penalty but quickly found himself within the top ten, racing with Alonso and Raikkonen. Webber looked set to move into the top five but bad luck struck on lap 31. Running just behind Raikkonen – who had just overtaken Perez for fourth – Perez’ tyre failed on the straight between turns two and three. The resultant debris gave Webber a puncture, requiring an extra pit stop. When the safety car called to clear the tyre shreds was eventually withdrawn, Webber was hit from behind by Adrian Sutil. It appeared that the oil system was ruptured in the impact and the exhausts caught fire, immediately putting an end to any hopes of progressing further. Webber retired on the spot.
Williams F1 Team had a positive race with Pastor Maldonado taking advantage of a first lap incident to move into the top 10. He remained in the thick of the action for the greater part of the race until a tussle with fellow South American drivers, Esteban Gutierrez, Felipe Massa and Sergio Perez, cost him four places. Team-mate Valtteri Bottas was also able to get past amidst the chaotic race situation with the duo finally finishing 12th and 13th.
Caterham F1 Team had a double finish ahead of both Marussias again with Charles Pic passing the flag in 14th and Giedo van der Garde, 15th.
Rémi Taffin, Renault Sport F1 head of track operations
A great result for Renault overall, but individually very important results for our partner teams, Infiniti Red Bull Racing and Lotus F1 Team. We are really pleased and proud to contribute to their results. A triple podium at this stage in the season – and at this stage in the life of the V8 – is a great fillip for the team back at Viry, showing we are still as focused on results as ever. In addition, both Williams and Caterham had strong races and hopefully we can work together to end the season just as well.
*After Bahrain and Germany