Renault to investigate Singapore issues
23 September 2013 – Renault has said it will look in detail at the issues which sidelined Mark Webber and Romain Grosjean in the Singapore Grand Prix.
Webber was on course for at least fourth, until a water leak five laps from the end, which eventually forced the Aussie out on the final lap with flames coming from the back of his Red Bull.
Grosjean in contrast had to retire his Lotus on lap 38 due to a lack of engine air pressure, something he felt cost him a potential podium.
Speaking after the race, Rémi Taffin, Renault Sport F1’s head of track operations, said that while the problems are not a particular concern, he added that fixes will be put in place for the next event in Korea, ‘should they be needed’.
“Today is bittersweet if I am completely honest. A double podium for Red Bull and Lotus is a real pleasure [with Sebastian Vettel winning and Kimi Raikkonen third], but we had a couple of issues today that we have not seen in some time,” Taffin stated.
“Despite Romain having a brand new engine for this race, the air consumption over the first part of the race was very high. We asked the team to pit to top up the air in the pneumatic system but the fix was only temporary and we had to retire the car the next lap.
“For Mark, his engine developed a water leak very close to the end. With the chequered flag being so close we tried everything we could with the team to get to the end but with no water in the system the engine overheated and he had to retire.
“While there is not a particular concern as these are isolated issues, we will look at both in detail and put in place fixes ahead of Korea, should we need to.
“In the meantime, congratulations to Sebastian and to Kimi for outstanding drives this evening and we look forward to Korea to get a full complement of cars to the finish line,” he concluded.