Onwards And Upwards
A disappointing day saw both drivers retire from the 2014 Canadian Grand Prix after what could have been a strong points finishing race. Pastor was running extremely well on a one stop strategy and keeping pace with the cars around him on fresher tyres before he suffered from a power unit related issue. Romain’s rear wing was damaged and he was forced to retire later on in the race. Despite the double DNF, the team remains positive from the performance of Sunday’s running, and are optimistic moving forwards.
Pastor explained what happened to his race; “We had a similar problem to yesterday where we lost a lot of power. It's a shame as the race was going very well, and we had an excellent pace - to be honest I was quite surprised by the car. The strategy was good, as we were looking for one stop whereas all the other cars were planning two stops, so we were looking very strong today and even without stopping we were on a similar pace with the other teams. We just need to look into exactly what happened and work hard to fix the problems we are having. We’ve shown we can be competitive."
Romain did not fare so well with pace, however also saw many positives from the Canadian Grand Prix; “Today was not great in terms of pace for me, however there are some positives looking forwards. We can see that a Renault Sport F1 team can win a race so we have a target there, especially when the win came at a circuit that is not thought to be one of the stronger ones for them. Congratulations to Daniel for his win which I watched in the garage. The rear wing of my car broke, so it was safer to retire than risk a potentially dangerous situation. We have a lot of work to do, so it's time to go home and try to understand our problems and come back stronger in the next races."
Deputy Team Principal, Federico Gastaldi summed up the day for the team; "Today saw a great Formula 1 race and we must say congratulations to Daniel Riccardo for his first win. For us, it was certainly not our finest moment. Pastor was driving very strongly with a good strategy which should have seen him finish strongly in the points. He had an issue related to his power unit from the start of the race and eventually he had to retire because of this. This is frustrating for all involved and we will do everything we can to eradicate issues like this in the future. Romain had a tough race where he pushed all the way, but there was a problem with his rear wing. Again, not ideal and something we need to understand and rectify. We have a busy few weeks before Austria.”