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Renault looks for positives from tough race

Renault left looking for more after both cars finish off the lead lap at Hockenheim
Renault team boss Eric Boullier said the team would look for the positives following the German Grand Prix although he insisted there could be no satisfaction in seeing both cars lapped at Hockenheim.

Both Robert Kubica and Vitaly Petrov were unable to match the pace of the front-runners throughout the German weekend, with the duo's fastest laps during the race itself only quicker than the three new teams.

While the pair managed to bring home a double points score for only the second time this season, Boullier said there was still a lot of work to be done for the team to fight at the front.

“There were some very positive points from today's race,” he said. “The team did a strong job on the strategy and with the pit stops; Robert achieved the full potential of the car and showed we were the fourth quickest team this weekend; and Vitaly produced an excellent drive. He showed good pace, pushed when he needed to in order to gain positions and scored the final point.

“On the other hand, in terms of pure performance, we cannot be satisfied to be lapped by Ferrari. It shows that we still have a lot of work to do, but we know that we have some good upgrades on the way.”

Kubica meanwhile said he felt the team had scored the maximum result possible from the race with the gap to the front-runners being too big.

“I think we had a good weekend considering the car's potential at this circuit,” he said. “There were some exciting moments during the race: I made a good start and was fighting to pass Hamilton into turn two when he braked early, and I ended up losing positions to Button and Webber. Then, after my stop, I had a good battle with Michael to keep my position – but I also had to make sure I didn't lose too much time fighting with him, because I had to maintain a good pace to stay in front of Rosberg who hadn't yet stopped.

“Overall, though, the gap to the front-runners was too big for us to fight for more than seventh place, so I think we must be pleased that we achieved our maximum.”



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Olek - Unregistered

July 26, 2010 10:06 PM

Once again, I would like to voice my support for Heikki to get the second seat. Perfect #2 driver. Glad Robert did not join Ferrari while Alonso is still there, I could not see him stomach what Massa just went thru. I know I will get blasted on this site, but there need to be clear #1 and #2 drivers. Raikonnen and Kubica would just take points off each other, and Sutil is a crybaby (Monaco anyone?), and there is no crying in Formula 1. Sutil should team up with Nico at Merc to form a super german robot unicorn attack lovin pretty boy team. :D I could see Senna coming to Renault too.

Olek - Unregistered

July 26, 2010 6:57 PM

Positives: Kubica did not get hurt Kubica is still in a good mood Petrov scored a point and was not beat by the remainder of the pack. Putin has not put out a hit on anyone at Renault....yet. Renault team plane landed safely.



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