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Q&A - James Allison, Lotus Renault GP

Renault technical boss James Allison looks ahead to Abu Dhabi
Q:
What's your assessment of the team's performance at the Indian Grand Prix now you have been able to reflect on it?

James Allison:
I am as fed up about it now as I was in the immediate aftermath of the race. In every session of the weekend it was clear that the car had sufficient pace for a good result on Sunday. Despite this, poor qualifying laps from both cars, Vitaly's penalty from Korea, Bruno losing his KERS in the race and a few mistakes from both drivers led to us coming home empty handed.

Q:
What can be done to improve matters for the final two races of the year?

James Allison:
The team needs to keep preparing the car carefully as they have done all year. We need to keep making clean pitstops; an area where our crew have made very clear improvement over the course of the year. We need to ensure that we continue to make competitive starts. Most importantly, however, we must do everything possible to make sure that the potential in the car is realised on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. In this last area the main input must come from the drivers who are extremely keen to ensure that we have a clean and successful end to the season.

Q:
You've said that the Yas Marina circuit layout may not favour our car – why is this?

James Allison:
Our car performs relatively better in high speed corners at tracks which place a fair burden on the front tyres. Yas Marina is biased towards lower speed corners which place a larger emphasis on rear tyre and traction performance.

Q:
How is our engine allocation looking now there are just two races left and does this impact on our race weekend strategy at all?

James Allison:
Our engine allocation is fine. The Renault Sport units have performed flawlessly this year and we are able to perform both of the final races with no restrictions on our strategy whatsoever.


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(L to R): Toni Cuquerella (ESP) Ferrari Lead Engineer with James Allison (GBR) Ferrari Chassis Technical Director.
28.02.2015.
(L to R): Toni Cuquerella (ESP) Ferrari Race Engineer with James Allison (GBR) Ferrari Chassis Technical Director.
28.02.2015.
James Allison (GBR) Ferrari Chassis Technical Director.
28.02.2015.
James Allison (GBR) Ferrari Chassis Technical Director.
28.02.2015.
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26.02.2015.
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20.02.2015.
Renault Sport F1 logo.
20.02.2015.
Renault Sport F1 logo.
20.02.2015.
James Allison (GBR) Ferrari Chassis Technical Director.
02.02.2015.
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01.02.2015.
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01.02.2015.
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31.01.2015.
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