Renault Sport F1 has congratulated the Williams team after Pastor Maldonado secured the first victory for the revived partnership in the Spanish Grand Prix.
The Venezuelan stormed to his maiden F1 success with a fine drive at Catalunya, marking the first win for the Williams-Renault partnership since 1997 – when Jacques Villeneuve beat Jean Alesi and Heinz-Harald Frentzen to top spot in the Luxembourg Grand Prix at the Nurburgring.
Victory came in only the fifth race for the renewed partnership and Renault Sport F1 managing director Jean-Francois Caubet said he was thrilled the partnership had delivered the goods so soon.
“Naturally we are delighted for Williams and we are all very proud that the collaboration is doing justice to its heritage,” he said. “The engine-chassis package has worked very well all season and has promised to score some huge results – obviously this one is the best we can get! It's a testament to all at Grove and Viry that the new deal can achieve success so early on in its life cycle.
“Naturally we were concerned that the celebrations were mitigated by the fire in the Williams garage after the race. No one from Renault Sport F1 was seriously injured, but our thoughts go to our colleagues at Williams and also our partners at Caterham who were involved. We wish them all a speedy recovery.”
Head of track operations Remi Taffin was also delighted with the result as Williams returned to the top of the podium.
“Congratulations to Pastor for his first win, and to Williams for its first win since 2004,” he said. “Scoring a victory so early on in an engine-chassis partnership is a fantastic achievement and shows just how aligned the systems and procedures on both sides of the table are. We wish all our colleagues at Williams well, particularly in light of the incident after the race, and look forward to continuing the momentum throughout the season.”