F1 »

Q&A - James Allison, Lotus Renault GP

James Allison looks ahead to the Singapore Grand Prix and discusses Renault's chances of success
Q:
Was the overall performance in Monza evidence that the team has now turned a corner and is moving back in the right direction?

James Allison:
While far from stunning, it was at least respectable. For two races in a row our car has looked a little more on the pace than in the previous Grands Prix, and this reinforces our belief that we are heading back in the right direction.

Q:
How well has Bruno adapted to the challenge of driving the R31 since he became race driver?

James Allison:
Several promising F1 careers have foundered on the rocks of a mid-season introduction in recent years. Under the current F1 rules Bruno has had no meaningful chance to get up to speed in the car away from the pressures of the GP weekend. He had just one session in the R31 pre-season, and he has impressed all of us with the way that he has seized his opportunity first at Spa and again at Monza.

Q:
Singapore offers a different type of challenge - how much fun is it to prepare for this most unique of races?

James Allison:
It is fun to go half way round the world and to stay on British Summer Time. It is also interesting to deal with a track temperature that plummets as the sun goes down, as we normally have the opposite problem from the morning to the afternoon sessions. Racing under lights, maximum downforce, reasonable braking challenges and some interesting bumps all add to the appeal of the track.

Q:
Is there any apprehension approaching this race? One might think that the Singapore GP won't suit the R31 in the way that perhaps Japan or Korea would…

James Allison:
Monaco and Hungary were not good races for us and Singapore shares some characteristics of these two circuits. We feel we have improved things since then and we have a bit more to deliver for Singapore itself, but it is fair to say that I am apprehensive. However, if we do have a good race then we will be set for good performances in the five races that follow, as we will then have shown improved performance on three very different tracks.



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
10.09.2011- Qualifying, Vitaly Petrov (RUS), Lotus Renault GP, R31
10.09.2011- Qualifying, Bruno Senna (BRA), Lotus Renault GP R31
10.09.2011- Qualifying, Vitaly Petrov (RUS), Lotus Renault GP, R31
08.11.2014 - Free Practice 3, Bernie Ecclestone (GBR), President and CEO of FOM, Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director and Cyril Abiteboul (FRA), Renault F1
08.11.2014 - Free Practice 3, Bernie Ecclestone (GBR), President and CEO of FOM, Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director and Cyril Abiteboul (FRA), Renault F1
08.11.2014 - Free Practice 3, Bernie Ecclestone (GBR), President and CEO of FOM, Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director and Cyril Abiteboul (FRA), Renault F1
08.11.2014 - Free Practice 3, Helmut Marko (AUT), Red Bull Racing, Red Bull Advisor, Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director and Cyril Abiteboul (FRA), Renault F1
08.11.2014 - Free Practice 3, Helmut Marko (AUT), Red Bull Racing, Red Bull Advisor, Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director and Cyril Abiteboul (FRA), Renault F1
01.11.2014 - Cyril Abiteboul (FRA), Renault F1
01.11.2014 - (L-R) Cyril Abiteboul (FRA), Renault F1 and Tony Parker, basketball player.
01.11.2014 - (L-R) Cyril Abiteboul (FRA), Renault F1 and Tony Parker, basketball player.
01.11.2014 - (L-R) Tony Parker, basketball player and Cyril Abiteboul (FRA), Renault F1
01.11.2014 - (L-R) Cyril Abiteboul (FRA), Renault F1 and Tony Parker, basketball player.
30.10.2014 - Cyril Abiteboul (FRA), Renault F1
03.10.2014 - (L to R): Pat Fry (GBR) Ferrari Deputy Technical Director and Head of Race Engineering; Andy Cowell (GBR) Mercedes-Benz High Performance Powertrains Managing Director; Remi Taffin (FRA) Renault Sport F1 Head of Track Operations; Paul Monaghan (GBR) Red Bull Racing Chief Engineer; Yasuhisa Arai (JPN) Honda Motorsport Chief Officer; Jonathan Neale (GBR) McLaren Chief Operating Officer.
Kevin Magnussen speaks to <i>Crash.net</i> F1 Editor Chris Medland, Singapore Grand Prix
Kevin Magnussen speaks to <i>Crash.net</i> F1 Editor Chris Medland, Singapore Grand Prix
Kevin Magnussen speaks to <i>Crash.net</i> F1 Editor Chris Medland, Singapore Grand Prix

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.