After the seventh place achieved in the classification, Nico Hülkenberg hoped to get a good handful of points in the race today. But the Renault has been shown to be much less competitive, mainly as a result of the degradation of the tyres.
despite this, Hülkenberg has managed to get the ninth square, so yes, clearly beaten by Felipe Massa, Sergio Pérez and Romain Grosjean. “It’s good to have the first points of the season in the pocket and I think I had a good race given the pace of the car. Really I struggled a lot and two points has been the best thing that we could achieve with this strategy. We are so much better in qualifying, but in the 57 laps we have identified several areas in which we need to improve”, said the German pilot, realising that if the French brand wants to finish the year among the first five, must be competitive in the race.
The two-day test next week in this same circuit will allow the team to test solutions, something that Nico Hülkenberg applauds. “Fortunately, I’ll try here on Tuesday, so we have a great opportunity to progress. We have several improvements to evaluate the car that I hope to improve our pace in the race for Sochi”.
Jolyon Palmer came out tenth, and, as his companion, lost positions in the race, finishing even behind the Sauber of Pascal Wehrlein. The british staged a nice duel with Fernando Alonso and Daniil Kvyat, but he finally reached goal no points as a prize. “it Was a tough race, I had a good fight with Alonso and Kvyat after the safety car we unite all, but multiple touches with Kvyat not helped. I really didn’t have the pace to get beyond, and the degradation seemed to affect us more us. It was a night complicated unfortunately, we suffer for lack of pace”.
Cyril Abiteboul, head of the team, establishes as a priority to determine the reasons that make the RS17 a single seater likely to be less competitive with full tanks. “we Lost a position in the strategy, but the most important thing is to understand why there is so much difference between our performance in qualifying and the race”.
Renault is currently in the eighth square of the constructors championship, giving up 14 points to the team that occupies the fifth spot in the championship: Williams.