Renault boss, Flavio Briatore has told his team they must find more speed, after they were outperformed by McLaren at the Turkish Grand Prix.

Although Renault still managed to finish second and fourth, they only took the former place after Juan Montoya's incident with Tiago Monteiro. Speaking after seeing their lead in both championships eroded - Fernando Alonso's advantage down from 26 to 24 points, while McLaren closed the gap to Renault in the constructors' by 3 points - Briatore added though that their reliability was again a comfort.

"This was a strong result for the team after a difficult afternoon," summed up Briatore. "McLaren were very competitive Sunday, as we expected, so we tried something different in qualifying to get to the front of the field. It worked well, and both Fernando and Fisico drove great races - Fernando was in the right position to take advantage of [Juan] Montoya's mistake, and Giancarlo recovered well after problems at his pit-stop. Our reliability was perfect, and although the gaps are a little smaller after the race, we are still leading both championships. But we know we need to find more speed as well."

Giancarlo Fisichella meanwhile agreed that they just didn't have the pace to match the McLaren's. The Italian also confirmed that he let Alonso by on lap 2, as he was struggling for grip.

"I got a great start even from the dirty side of the grid - we had a lighter fuel load than the McLarens, and that gave us an advantage off the line," added Fisi. "But I was struggling to get my tyres working properly in the opening laps, which meant I went off on lap one and that allowed Kimi to pass me; then the team had told me Fernando was quicker, so when he got a good slipstream down the back straight, I did not make things difficult for him because I knew I was fuelled a bit longer.

"I lost time at the first pit-stop with a problem on the fuel rig, so after that it was a good recovery to finish fourth. The balance of the car was quite good, so I was able to do consistent lap times and just push to the maximum. We have lost a few points in the championship to McLaren, but given the speed they showed Sunday, it's not too bad."

 

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