Cautious Renault pleased with progress in China
21 April 2014 – Renault's head of track operations Rémi Taffin says that the French engine supplier still has progress to make but is encouraged by their performance at the Chinese Grand Prix.
Red Bull duo Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel finished in fourth and fifth, while Lotus's Romain Grosjean challenged for the points prior to his retirement, which was caused by a gearbox problem. Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat ensured that three Renault powered cars collected points in China while both Caterham drivers made it to the finish.
"Three cars in the top ten, with the potential for four, at a power sensitive track such as China is a good result for this weekend," said Taffin.
"While we have some way to go, we have made good progress across all our partners on energy management with the balance between ICE [Internal Combustion Engine] fuel usage and energy recovery allows the teams to extract close to the maximum performance from their packages.
"We acknowledge we still have some further steps and need to consolidate the reliability we have developed, but we have three weeks before the Spanish Grand Prix and another intensive programme to build on this weekend. The trend is now there and we fully intend to stay on this curve."